Archive for Kids

05 May 2017

How to Host a #DisneyKids Fit Kids PLAY Date

1 Comment Disney, Healthy Living, Kids, Party Planning, Sponsored, Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Kids

We just got back from Walt Disney World Resort where we experienced our very first runDisney Kids Race!  The entire event was so much fun for all the kids that were there!  You could even participate in all the free fun activities even if you weren’t participating!

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10 Apr 2017

Florida Travel: A Relaxing Spring Break at The Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee

No Comments Adventures, Family Time, Florida, Hotel Reviews, Kids, Kids On Vacation, Mama Loves, Tampa, Tampa Bay

 The words “relaxing,”  “brake” and “kids” are words we all long to hear together. Spring break sneaks up on me and the next thing I know I have four children at home for a week. The good thing is that living in Tampa we have the opportunity to go so many different places that really aren’t too far away. It’s like living on a permanent vacaton. Only an hour from the beach, a few hours from an ocean and blue skies and sunhine pretty much year round. We  love a good hotel with fun things to do for kids and families. I feel that many families are looking for just that. A break from the every day run around, that the kids will have fun at and that I too can take a vacation as well.

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08 Apr 2017

Florida Family Travel: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

No Comments Disney, Disney Citizenship, Family Travel, Giving Back, Hosted, Kids, Kids On Vacation, Walt Disney World Resort

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

There are a few things that I look forward to you when the weather starts to turn from cold to beautiful. And the skies church start to turn from gray to blue. I love opening day of baseball, I love watching the masters, but to me the first signs of spring happen when I visit The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. For the past 24 years this festival has taken blue skies, beautiful flowers and endless magic and transformed Epcot into one of the most beautiful places in Florida this time of year.  And each year the event gets better and better.

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19 Feb 2017

Last Call for Florida Prepaid College Fund for 2017 || Tampa Mama

No Comments Education, Florida, Gift Ideas, Kids, Raising Children

Because we are their number one fans. We believe in them so that they can believe in themselves.

Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon Tampa Mama

We are always there cheering them on every step of the way. Giving them the encouragement to dream big and always reach for the stars.

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15 Feb 2017

Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon Returns to Tampa on April 22

No Comments Adventures, Kids, Mama Loves, Raising Children, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon Tampa Mama

 

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. My oldest 2 kids will compete in their 5th Tampa Bay Kids triathlon and Shelby, age 7 will make her triathlon debut! Mark your calendars Fit Kids!! March 18th, 2017 is around the corner and your kids still have time to train to cross that finish line!

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

A photo posted by Marisa Langford (@tampamama) on

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26 Jan 2017

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast #BeOurGuest || Tampa Mama

No Comments Kids, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Movies

I’m so excited to announce my new relationship with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures! I’ll be bringing my readers the latest and greatest for all the new upcoming films soon to be released!  I’ll have giveaways and prizes too!  I can’t wait and am so excited about this!

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23 Jan 2017

New Year’s Resolution: Financially Focused in 2017 || #StartingIsBelieving

No Comments Ad, Education, Florida, Kids, Raising Children, Uncategorized

Raising four kids in today’s world requires us to be uber prepared. Especially in our finances. My husband and I are hard working entrepreneurs. We feel blessed to have all that we do, but we know that budgeting, planning and being prepared are going to help us prepare for the large financial investment that looms in our future: college. How will we be able to help them? Can we afford it? Can we afford to save now for later? But one thing is certain- we need to start early.

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11 Nov 2016

Santa’s Flight Academy Lands in Tampa, Florida at International Plaza for the Holidays || Tampa Mama 

No Comments Holidays, Kids, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Tampa, Tampa Bay

International Plaza Santa Pictures Tampa

 

With the holidays approaching my list begins to grow of all the places we like to visit and traditions we have as a family that celebrate the holidays. On the top of our list is a visit with Santa! Many malls have experiences but International Plaza has one of our favorite experiences each year that is a treat for everyone and always gives us memories to last us another year!
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25 Oct 2016

A Sweet New Movie- Shopkins Chef Club || Tampa Mama

No Comments Girl Toys, Kids, Movies

The first ever Shopkins movie based on the extremely popular toys is here!

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03 Oct 2016

Having 4 Kids Means Having Your Hands Full

No Comments Kids, Lifestyle, Parenting, Sponsored

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Scene: A lady walks into a store with 4 kids. You immediately say, “Boy! You sure you have your hands full!”

I hear it 15 times a day or more as I’m walking with my posse.

“You don’t say! Really?” No, that’s not how I answer.

But, yes they really are! They are typically full of laundry, babies, groceries, back packs, toys and so much more these hands do everyday, but what parents’ hands aren’t full?! I find myself repeating to the kids as they go up stairs “full hands up, full hands down” – a saying from my restaurant waitressing days of younger years. Little did I know that my college job of cocktail waitressing would only be preparing me for my life as a mother to four kids. My tips now come is sweet words, pleases and thank yous along with kisses and hugs.

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Being that we have 4 kids under 11, I am finally used to strangers doing the visual count and double take of how many kids I have and the quick double take back to me to see if they all look like me. I can only imagine what they are thinking. The silent sweet smile comes next. (I have now mastered how to read stranger smiles.)

Or what’s even funnier (as this JUST happened on our date night) is that we get into a nice conversation with a stranger, and they ask us the dreaded question, “how many kids do you guys have?” To which we respond truthfully and get the obvious, “you must have your hands full!” Of course we do!

I’ve also come to accept that my patenting is immediately on display the moment I walk into any public establishment. Think about it. You see a family of 6 walk into a restaurant (or even better, an airplane.) You think to yourself:

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A.) Man, they have their hands full.
B.) Let’s see how well-behaved they are
C.) Please don’t sit near us.
D.) All of the above.

What was your answer?

People are voyeurs naturally. They want to see things in action (case in point: You Tube.) I take this on as a challenge. They want to see how we handle things. How we parent. What it takes to keep four kids in line at the store. The other statement I hear is, “I don’t know how you do it.” Everyone wants to know the secret. It takes a lot of energy to wrangle four kids, homework, after-school schedules, daily routines and everything in between. Meta Daily Energy Support helps my body naturally produce energy* so I can tackle what I have to do, and still have the energy left for what I want to do.* I want to enjoy these four during their childhood because I know that my hands won’t be this full for long.

I have an amazing village of family and friends helping me with my kids, offering to drop off and pick up or host play dates to help me out. I am greatly appreciative of it all and have learned that I am DEFINITELY not superwoman and there is no way I could do this alone. And thankfully, I don’t have to. My hands are always full and I like them that way. Weather that be with kids, my career or my life, I thrive here. I’m in my zone.

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My hands are full of life, love and so much more.

My house is full of laughter, smiles and the pitter patter of 8 little feet.

My house is full of kids and I’m always up for having more kids over for play dates because the more the merrier and they actually work with me, not against me.

On Saturday mornings, by bed is full of kids and all we can do is laugh as we all squish together and watch cartoons.

My hands are so full from the grocery store, that my son uses a wagon to bring in the groceries.

My heart is so full with love for these little people.

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My hands are full of 4 lives that are my responsibility to guide them into being good people and making good decisions.

My hands are so full that I sometimes I do break down because let’s face it, it is a lot of kids and a lot of work. And sometimes, I wave the white flag, and call my Mom for a pep talk.

I love every minute and loathe every other minute of having my hands full. It is the best of times, the worst of times. It’s not for everyone. But it’s also not that bad either. And even on my worst and most trying day, you have to remember that the good days far out weigh the bad and I wouldn’t trade this life for anything.

Soon, my hands won’t be this full. I will have kids in high school or maybe they just won’t want to be around me as much as they have to now.

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My days of having my hands full are numbered. My oldest just turned 12 and the baby is now 4. I sometimes can’t wait for the madness to be over, but I know it’s only a short term wish. On the days where I’m upset or frustrated that the work of four kids really is just too much (because some days it just is) I try to remember that it won’t be like this forever. And I’m sure I will long for them to be this full again.

I joke that this is the story of my life with four kids…

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So to the next person, who tells you, “You must have your hands full!” Just smile and say this, “You know, they are! Can you help me to my car? That was so nice of you to offer!”

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