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10 Jun 2016

A Father’s Day Date: Hard Rock Cafe and the World Burger Tour

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My Dad and I rarely get to spend Father’s Day together. The distance keeps us apart on most years, but not this year. My parents were visiting for a week to see the kids and I actually got some alone time with my Dad one day while the kids were at school. I decided to make a break for it and head to a restaurant that I knew he would LOVE!

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25 May 2016

Local & Legendary: Hard Rock Cafe Announces the World Burger Tour 

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Summer time makes me want to travel all over the world, wanderlusting and eating my way through every country visit. I miss the freedom of my 20’s when I made my way around Europe, dining on local foods, laughing with good people and experiencing new cultures. Hard Rock Cafe has just announced a new way to dine around the world with their Local Legendary World Burger Tour! 

Over 150 artisian chefs from all over the world, those who run the famed Hard Rock Cafes, competed in a burger creation contest to showcase their talents along with local flavor. The burgers that won over the Hard Rock culinary team would be placed on the World Tour menu- in true rock star fashion. If you like burgers and enjoy new and unique flavors you are going to want to make sure you have a ticket, I mean a reservation, at your local Hard Rock Cafe, before they are gone (June 30th.)

Some of the burgers you might find (menus vary on location) are:

Sizzling headliners featured as part of Hard Rock Cafe’s World Burger Tour menu include:

Java Lava Burger – this American Legendary from Seattle features a Certified Angus Beef® patty grilled and dressed in a house-made espresso rub and topped with lava sauce, crunchy java onions, bacon, melted Tillamook Cheddar cheese and garnished with a fried jalapeno

Haggis Burger – this Scottish Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with savory haggis, melted Monterey Jack cheese, golden turnip frazzles and a whisky maple glaze

Schnitzel Burger – this German Legendary features two stacks of tender pork schnitzel lightly breaded and made crispy to order, topped with crunchy sauerkraut, spicy brown mustard and savory bacon

The Aussie Burger – this Australian Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with caramelized onions, a fried egg, Cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and beetroot

Marimba Burger – this Guatemalan Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with a chipotle and jalapeno spiced layer of beans, fresh salsa, Monterey Jack cheese, Cheddar cheese and crispy tortilla straws

Banh Mi Burger – this Vietnamese Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with house-made Vietnamese glaze, pickled vegetables and cucumbers accompanied by a garnish of cilantro and green onions

Sweet & Sour Burger – this Chinese Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with a fried onion ring, bell peppers and grilled pineapple drizzled with house-made sweet and sour sauce

Tandoori Spiced Chicken Burger – this Indian Legendary features a dark meat chicken patty seasoned with aromatic spices and fresh herbs, topped with mint mayonnaise and served with a side of cucumber

Date Burger – this United Arab Emirates Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with rich date chutney, diced fresh dates and a dollop of cream cheese

The Bosphorus Burger – this Turkish Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with homemade eggplant salad, fresh and flavorful haydari sauce and pickle slices

Lancashire Hot Pot Burger – this English Legendary features a juicy lamb burger broiled until tender and topped with caramelized onions, crispy carrot frazzles and mint mayonnaise

The Andean Burger – this Bolivian Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with tender avocado slices, a fried egg, melted Cheddar cheese and garlic mayonnaise

Chamorro Burger – this Southern Pacific Legendary features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with house-made Chamorro glaze, chili paste and spicy Pepper Jack cheese

Mango Mahi Burger – this Caribbean Legendary features blackened Mahi Mahi topped with a Caribbean-style mango salsa and citrus mayonnaise

Cuban Burger – this American Legendary from Miami features a Certified Angus Beef patty topped with marinated pulled pork, melted Swiss cheese and sweet plantains

All burgers are served with the signature Hard Rock’s Savory Artisian french fries.New sauces include Chili Seasoned Fries with Chipotle Garlic Ketchup, Parmesan Romano Fries with Garlic Aioli and Herb and Garlic Fries with Chimichurri Mayo.

Along with this menu comes cocktails that are perfectly paired to go with your burger! 

Mai Tai One On – a South Pacific-inspired cocktail that features a refreshing blend of Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, Cointreau® Orange Liqueur, Monin Orgeat, a splash of lime and orange juice

Pomegranate Mule – a mix of ABSOLUT® Vodka, Monin Pomegranate and ginger beer make this summertime favorite from Russia

Mezcarita – this refreshing and smoky margarita, which hails from Mexico, is a perfect combination of Del Maguey Mezcal, Cointreau® Orange Liqueur, Malibu® Coconut and fresh strawberries

Pineapple Ginger Caipirinha – a Brazilian blend of Agua Luca™ Cachaça and pineapple with the subtle hint of Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

Maple Old Fashioned – a twist on a classic American cocktail that features Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, cherries, maple syrup and orange juice garnished with a crisp bacon stir stick

I’ll be heading over to the Hard Rock Cafe Orlando at Universal Studios Orlando in the CityWalk entertainment complex for a Father’s Day date with my Dad. Sounds like the perfect place for me to tell him he’s the best Dad in the world!

Comment below and you’ll have a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift pack! 

Disclosure: A gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Hard Rock International. All opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting Tampa Mama! 

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!

Gerber Lil Beanies

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.

23 Mar 2016

Mama Loves: A Most Epic HydraFacial at the Spa Evangeline

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Welcome to another edition of Mama Loves!

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I love to shout my super awesome finds in Tampa and beyond when I come across them. Sometimes, I’m invited out to give them a test drive and other times it’s just because I seriously love the place or thing that I have come across. But if this Mama loves it, chances are you might just love it too!


The other week I was invited to the Spa Evangeline to test drive a new spa facial that the spa would be offering. The HydraFacial MD has been touted all over the world by celebs and dermatologists. Being that InStyle said it was the one facial you need immediately, I was so excited to receive one and learn about why they are so amazing!

I have been to a number of spas and LOVE a good facial. I don’t do peels yet because I don’t think I need to, but a good facial to clean out the dirt and make up is much appreciated and very noticeable.

This was my first time at the Spa Evangeline. As a sister business to the famed Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa, it’s located right across the street from the world famous, Bern’s Steakhouse.

The spa is intimate and relaxing. A perfect place to treat yourself if you live in Tampa!

Mama Loves  If you visit spas often for a mani/ pedi, massage or facial, ask the staff about the Epic Membership! Every woman in Tampa needs to get in on this deal! Details below!

Some facials have their trained technician extract (sometime painfully) the dirt in my pores in order to get a deeper clean. The HydraFacial MD was quick and efficient and the MOST gentle facial I have ever received. It was only a 30 minute treatment and I was throughly impressed with the cleanliness of my skin.
Dry patches were immediately gone and my skin is glowing one week later. It was gentle and refreshing and my skin feels and looks amazing!

The technology of the HydraFacial MD used to only be available in a dermatologists’ office. Now, resorts and spas across the country will begin to offer this treatment. I was so impressed with my glowing results I’ve already signed up for an Epic Membership at Spa Evangeline, as it is now included in their monthly benefits for members.

Spas in Tampa- Spa Evangeline Epic Membership

The Spa Evangeline Epic Membership includes:

  • Seasonal Farm House Fresh-Body Polish
  • Signature facial (NOW including the option to have the HydraFacial MD- a $135 value!)
  • Epicurean Signature Massage
  • Classic Manicure and Pedicure

With additional benefits like complimentary valet parking, 20% discount of additional services, free use of pool, spa and Epicurean bicycles on day of service (M-F 10am-5pm) this entire membership is calling my name!  What an epic deal!!!

I haven’t exactly done the full math, but I DO know that this is an EPIC deal and if you live in Tampa you should run to Spa Evangeline and sign up ASAP!  With the HydraFacial alone costing $135, this is a DEAL! (Call me and let me know when you are going!)

If you are looking to beautify your skin for a special occasion and want the results to last, book your HydraFacial MD before your big day!  Or just book one because you deserve to look your best! You’ll be glowing and smiling from ear to ear. Your skin is so important. Take care of it in every way possible. I hope you’ll LOVE the HydraFacial as much as I did! 
This is me immediately after with no make up on!  Needless to say, I was very impressed!

Thank you to Spa Evangeline and HydraFacial MD  for hosting me and opening up my world to this amazing facial treatment! Life changer!

Tama Mama- Marisa Langford

17 Mar 2016

Disney on Ice Returns to Tampa in May 2016!

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Disney on Ice Tampa Florida

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!!

01 Feb 2016

A Sweet Pairing: A Valentine’s Day Art Party

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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.

09 Jan 2016

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

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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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20 Dec 2015

Teaching Kids About Health and Fitness with Ringling Bros. Circus in Tampa

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Each year, we go to see the Circus! I am always in awe of the performers and what they are able to do! This year, they come to America with a 90-city tour, that begins here in Tampa Bay with their new show: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus presents Legends! This show is set to let you eyes feast on fanciful and mysterious acts that will have you in amazement! This is still “the greatest show on Earth!”


My kids have visited the circus each year and it is always a new show when it comes to town. Never the same. Yet the acts in each show are just amazing to watch! They are all so talented and so athletic that I often wonder if my 6 and 10 year old gymnast will one day run away with the circus because they have a talent that they have learned from a young age!

I learned of a program that is supported by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Fit! They have partnered with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to help children remember how FUN it is to be FIT! They have a curriculum that it is FREE and available for download so that teachers and community leaders can implement bringing fitness, nutrition and healthy living to classrooms and after-school programs anywhere!

Did you know that Circus Fit can help educators with lesson plans, interactive video clips, handouts and a host of additional support materials and information that will help you set your students or youth group on the path to a physically fit and healthy lifestyle!

My passion project, Fit Kids Playground, has taught me that fitness should be made fun for kids and coming from a clown, childhood obesity is no laughing matter! This is a wonderful way for kids to want to have fun, be silly and get fit all at the same time! I hope that more teachers, preschool coordinators or community leaders learn about this opportunity and curriculum that is available to everyone for free. It is a great way to head to the circus and talk about how all the acts use healthy habits to keep them doing the amazing things that they can do.

If you haven’t got your tickets yet, an insiders tip is that opening night is typically less in cost, but there is only one show.
There is also an additional add on this year! Ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The backstage experience includes an insider look at props and wardrobe, an up close and personal encounter with the animals and a chance to meet stars from the show. Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures and learn educational fun facts. To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, just log on to ringlingbros.expapp.com from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide your name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.

This is a limited ticket and allows you access to a personal and once-in-a-lifetime experience that will have your family walking with clowns, petting elephants, shaking hands with the Ringmaster and standing in the infamous motorcycle Globe of Steel! How fun!

And of course, for any show, arrive an hour early for an All Access Pre-show that starts an hour before the show. Come down to the arena floor and meet the performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind pachyderm painting.  Take lots of pictures and be sure to show them off to your friends! It is really like you were a part of the circus!

We have been provided with a 1 family-4-pack for tickets to the Tampa Bay show happening January 6 at the Amalie Arena. 8 shows in all. We are so excited to help kids push away the screen with “the greatest show on Earth!”

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