Archive for Kids

29 Oct 2015

Peanuts Movie Giveaway!

1 Comment Ad, Kids, Movies, Sponsored, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Uncategorized

We are so excited to see Charlie Brown and his friends hit the big screen on November 6th in THE PEANUTS MOVIE! We are giving away tickets to a sneak preview tickets to five lucky readers on Sunday, November 1st at AMC Veterans and we want you to join us!  Keep reading below to see how you can snag these tickets!

  
Kids and parents alike will love seeing the classic “Peanuts” gang in 3D animation on the big screen! Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linu… It’s going to be one epic adventure!  

  
Make sure you Peanutize yourself too!

We can’t wait to see the movie! Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube for the last eat details!

Our first 5 lucky readers that would like to see the movie on November 1st, at 10:30 am at AMC Veterans (Tampa, FL) will be give three tickets to the sneak preview for a chance to see THE PEANUTS MOVIE with the link here!** DETAILS BELOW**

Good luck! 

Thank you to 20th Century Fox for sponsoring this promotion!

**Congratulations! Only the first 5 people to click on the link will have the ability to download passes to the screening. You have a chance of attending the advance free screening of THE PEANUTS MOVIE. Screening will take place at AMC Veterans (TAMPA, FLORIDA) THIS Sunday, November 1st at 10:30 AM. We advise you arrive at least 45 minutes prior to starting time, as your seats are first come first serve. Also, *NOTE* Daylight savings starts Sunday, November 1st! Remember to set your clocks so you don’t miss out. See you soon!

06 Oct 2015

A Vision of Hope: The CARES Foundation Gala and Why You Should Go

No Comments CAH, Kids, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

I’m actually living my dream. Right now. I’m in a state of euphoria that seems somewhat surreal because all my wishes came true and are happening before my eyes. The ones I prayed and prayed and prayed for that I wished so hard on every star and promised God the world if he would make them come true.

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I get to see my son play baseball. I get to watch my daughters in a recital. My children excel in school. They are kind. They are happy. They aren’t sick. I get to put my children to bed each night in their own bed. They are healthy happy and living a normal life. THIS is the life I dreamed of that I wasn’t sure would be a reality.

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It was 10 years ago that I lost hope… For that perfect little life I had always wanted. Could it be taped back together from the shreds that I had ripped it into upon learning about our newborns rare lifelong medical conditions? I didn’t know… My hope dwindled.

I remember that day like it was yesterday…4 days after Jake was born. The call that came as soon as we walked in the door. The doctor saying he would never grow out if this. Tears streaming down my face because I couldn’t even pronounce what he had.

All I wanted was someone to tell me it would be ok.

I wanted a crystal ball to tell me his future.

I wanted someone to PROMISE me he would be ok… FOREVER.

I needed a doctor to tell me they made a mistake.

I wanted someone to tell me he’d grow out of this.

I was broken. Afraid. Mad. Terrified.

Many of you, my friends, gave me back my hope. You helped me along the way and still continue to support my family in so many ways. The words thank you seem like an understatement.

And then…I found them. On the internet, at 3am. As I was desperately seeking hope and guidance. I found them. The CARES Foundation. They were a saving grace that helped me through the first, second and third pregnancies when I needed their guidance, advice and friendship. They guided me to doctors, people and gave me hope too. The hope which I have now am able to give to others because I know it exists.

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My payback is simple. Do what they did for me for someone else. Be the vision of hope for someone going through what I know they are going through because I have been there. I have walked in the shoes they now wear and understand what they need. I can’t change the diagnosis on the chart for anyone, but I can help them.

I can tell others that soon it will be ok.

I don’t have a crystal ball, but I know what the past 10 years looks like for us and can give them a glimpse into what theirs might look like.

I can promise that I will be their friend and that I’m always there to talk.

I can help them find some of the best doctors who understand this condition and will help them make educated decisions.

I will tell them that they were chosen to be this child’s parents because no one else could do this job better than them.

It’s the vision of hope we all need in that hour of desperation.

As a sweet surprise, I was chosen as this years 2015 Visionary Award recipient for the CARES Foundation. I volunteer for organizations that I am passionate about their mission and what they do for others. This organization helps thousands of people and families find hope when they have lost their way. It can be an scary time to be alone. I’m just one person trying to connect with others who might need a friend. I’m not a doctor. I’m not a fortune teller. I’m a friend who has been there.

So here is what I’m asking of you…and I never ask for help unless I really need it, so please listen…

I hope that I have helped you in some way, shape or form that you would be so kind and able to help donate to my cause, The CARES Foundation. Any amount will help. The work they so providing support to people, kids and families could not be possible without your donations. The annual Gala that is being held to raise awareness is taking place in Orlando on May 8th, at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Tickets are being sold for the Gala here and I would love to fill the room with everyone who has made a difference in my life and in turn, thank you for helping others that have been helped, like our family has been.

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THE CARES FOUNDATION.

I have also appointed Courtney Horner as my “Team Captain” as her support over the years has been amazing. I hope everyone has a friend like her in their life.

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I have a birthday in one week and this would be the greatest gift from all of you. To give in the honor of my kids… My beautiful babies that didn’t ask to be born with this condition. And for all the people and families out there that live with CAH and need help. They CARES Foundation says, “everyone cares. ” I CARE Jake, Shelby and Abby (& Mia of course!). Who do you CARE for?!

So call some friends, buy a table, buy a ticket or just donate to the cause! Let’s all get dressed up, and come to Orlando on Friday, May 8th for The CARES Gala and let’s celebrate the hope we can give to others that have also been touched by this condition.

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xoxo~

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The Langfords

P.S. My husband gets to introduce me on stage, so that should be more than enough reason to buy a ticket! See you May 8th

28 Sep 2015

Super League Gaming Comes to Tampa Bay

No Comments Ad, Kids, Sponsored, Tampa, Tampa Bay

  
I recently was a judge at the Start Up Weekend Youth Tampa Bay and I saw some amazing things from the youths that participated. They are tech savvy, smart, ambitious and they pay attention to problems we have and they figure out ways to solve them. I also learned some amazing things about the recreational habits of these tech savvy kids. They all seem to love technology and it is embedded in their childhood. Technology is a part of them. It is growing at a faster rate than we can even imagine and I can’t see it going away anytime soon.

Parents today are balancing the fine line of teaching technology, making sure that kids don’t get too much screen time but also fostering a love for learning and understanding technology that might just one day be a career for them! I was very interested in hear about the Super League Gaming that is soon to come to Tampa October 6- November 10 at Cirtus Park 20 at Citrus Park Mall.

Super League President and COO Brett Morris is a dad. “It’s incredible how many kids are spending hours playing or watching YouTube videos of others playing this game [Minecraft] and we thought there just had to be a way to bring these kids, who were all playing alone in their rooms, together somehow,” he says. “As a parent, you want your kids to explore their passions, but when they’re by themselves, consumed in this other world, you can’t help but want them to be out with other kids their age, connecting over shared passions. That’s what Super League is meant to do, bring gamers together for some good old fashioned competitive fun in a safe environment.”

So how does it work? Super League’s proprietary technology will allow the players to bring their own laptop and then a third-person areial view will be shown on the big screen! And for those gamers that might want to meet other’s with the same interest, this will be the place to hang out! It’s always fun doing something you love with someone that shares similar interests with you!

This weekly event has been extremely successful and is on a full tour all over the country! Players will buy tickets, bring their laptops, and get ready for a tournament (playing against those they are sitting right next to) while they munch on popcorn and converse in friendly banter with actual people. Tickets cost $80 for 6 (all) of the fall sessions.

Sign up and get your game on! A few things to note:

  • Seats filling up fast!
  • GAMERS PLAY ON 4-7 MEMBER TEAMS.
  • Super League will place you on a team — or form your own!
  • EARLY REGISTRATION: $80 for 6 weeks if purchased by Sept. 30
  • $100 if bought after Sept. 30
  • ALL PLAYERS RECEIVE A FREE SUPER LEAGUE JERSEY

Want to learn why this gaming league is a league like no other? Read this article in Time Magazine about America’s First Video Game Varsity Athletes. Might just pay for college one day.

Follow them on Twitter: @JoinSuperLeague

17 Aug 2015

What I Wish I Had Known About Back To School Fashion

No Comments Kids, Lifestyle, Parenting, School, Sponsored, Tampa

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31 Jul 2015

Summer Snow Day is Here!

No Comments Holidays, Kids

Any summer day can be a snow day!

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Being that I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I long for the winter days, not only in the winter but also in the sweltering summer heat too. When my good friends, Pavel and Jessie, mentioned that they did this day each year, I thought it was BRILLIANT! What a fun day to occupy the other 100 days of summer and switch it up a bit to have some cool winter fun! We will celebrate this day with some ice skating, hot chocolate for breakfast, holiday music, cookie baking, crafts and maybe some snow too! Get in the mood and join us too!

Summer Snow Day…What is this awesome day you ask?

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Want some of my ideas for this day?

Follow Marisa ||’s board Summer Snow Day on Pinterest.

24 Jul 2015

Shop For School Supplies Today!

No Comments Everyday, Kids, School

I know it’s only July, but don’t you want to be ahead of the game this school year? I’m hoping to help and make it SO EASY to get all the things you will need for going back to school.
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15 Jul 2015

Baa-rilliant ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie’ and Giveaway

1 Comment Adventures, Kids, Lifestyle, Sponsored, Tampa, Tampa Bay

We are huge fans of Shaun the Sheep, who was first seen in the third Wallace & Gromit short ‘A Close Shave’. 

And we are so excited for this:

  
Shaun the Sheep Movie is out in theaters August 5th, 2015!  This British stop-motion animated film is produced by the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Aardman Animations, and was released in the UK on February 6, 2015. 
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01 Jul 2015

Travel Hacks: 4 Things I Never Travel Without

No Comments Adventures, Family Travel, Kids, Lifestyle, Parenting, Raising Children

I travel with 4 kids all the time. I have been on the road on vacation for about 3 years now. My little one is still little and there are a few things I have learned to never leave the house without. I know there are more but these are a few of the items that my travel list every trip.

1. A bottle and a bottle brush

 If you are traveling with babies, it will be easy to clean a bottle only if you have the right tools!
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14 Jun 2015

All For One And One For All

No Comments Everyday, Kids, Lifestyle, Parenting

The girls had another successful year in gymnastics. At this point, I’m so glad they are trying things and having fun. 

We aren’t planning college scholarships and drafts yet. Enjoying the shows, making memories and always learning!       
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29 May 2015

First Day of School vs. Last Day of School: A Collection of Photos of How Far We Have Come

2 Comments Adventures, Kids, Lifestyle, Parenting, Raising Children

It’s the end. We are crossing the finish line of the school year and let me tell you, it ain’t pretty. It is definitely not pretty when you finish any kind of marathon you have worked so hard for. You are tired. You are a wreck and you honestly, look like a train wreck. But you finished and that’s all that matters. We are almost there (maybe some crossed the line this week) but I wanted to recap how far we have come (or actually how far we have fallen) from that first day of school.

First day of school be like:
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