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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03 Apr 2017

Why I Will Be Sitting In The Front Row For Disney Pixar’s COCO

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Movies, Sneak Peak

I recently saw this trailer for COCO, a new Disney Pixar movie. I was immediately frozen. I believe in signs. I have for a long time. I look for the good ones that tell me those that have gone before might still be here, watching over me. This movie is a sign.

You see, my first sign with this movie is that my father’s name is Ernesto. He left this Earth far too early. Leaving behind two young daughters with only memories of his voice. The La Voz de Oro. And that is my second sign. He was also a singer in a marichi band and had a voice of gold. That’s what we put on his tombstone.

Ernesto Cornejo

 

My Father, Ernesto, is center. 

So already, this movie is speaking to me. Miguel (maybe the character would have been named Marisa if he was a girl) and his magical guitar, searching for answers on dia de los muertos, has so many symbolic reasons that I cannot be more excited to see this movie.

Count me in for front row seats to this movie. My Mom’s birthday is November 2nd, Dia de los Muertos. This movie is due out in November. Coincidence? I’m hoping she and my sister will come with me to see it.

“We are all a part of those that came before.” Never has a movie ever spoke to me this one.

Coco Disney Pixar

03 Apr 2017

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales- New Look || Tampa Mama

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Movies, Sneak Peak

I have become a movie junkie with my kids these days! We have started to really dive into movies together as a family. We have loved watching the movies come to life when we visit places like Disney Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World! We can’t wait for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to hit theaters May 26, 2017 in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D! Here’s a new look! As we start to plan our summer vacation, a am thinking a Caribbean trip might be in order!

Pirate of the Caribbean

03 Apr 2017

Review of Smurfs: The Lost Village || Tampa Mama Blog

No Comments Mama Loves, Movies, Sneak Peak

My ladies got a sneak peak of Smurfs: The Lost Village, we just absolutely LOVED it!  We are totally on Team Smurf and hope that Smurfette will consider running for President!  We can’t tell all the smurfy details about the movie yet, but when you see in theaters April 7th, you are going to LOVE it!  Don’t forget to take a #SmurfSelfie with your movie crew too!

Smurfy Activities

Want to learn how to draw a smurf! It’s easy with these downloadable worksheets! To draw Brainy, click HERE

And if your kids are now obsessed with Smurfs as much as mine are now, you’ll want to check out my Smurf Movie Pinterest Board!  Have fun with your next party!

03 Apr 2017

Mama Loves: Eco Fest Tampa

No Comments Education, Healthy Living, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

Learning Gate Community School

Learning Gate Community School, USF Office of Student Affairs and the City of Tampa combine once again to host the 8th annual EcoFest on Saturday, April 22nd at the Lowry Park Zoo Bandshell Area – 7525 N. Boulevard, Tampa. The event will be open to the public from10 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. Admission and parking are FREE!

EcoFest is an annual event for the community celebrating the businesses, organizations and individuals in the Tampa Bay area dedicated to the principles of sustainability – Ecology, Equity and Economy. This year our Earth Day sponsors are TECO and Tampa Bay Water. There will be a parkour agility course created by a participant in American Ninja Warrior, Master Shinobi, a kid friendly Yoga Zone with classes, crafts, games and more!

Learning Gate Community School and the USF Student Affairs Office are combining their resources and knowledge once again with the City of Tampa to create Earth Day Tampa Bay.

“We are excited to celebrate Earth Day with our partners and showcase our involvement in sustainability to our community,” said Thom Snelling, Director, Planning and Development, City of Tampa.

There will be live music, yoga kid zone, costumed superheroes, demonstrations, informational booths, a parkour agility course, green living products and services. Some local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and gardens with produce will be in attendance.

“Every year Ecofest gets bigger and better and we know it is making a difference in our community,” said Michele Northrup, organizer of the event. “We are very excited for another opportunity to show Tampa citizens how important it is to live a sustainable lifestyle. Ecofest 2017 will feature more than 100 eco-vendors, live entertainment, free demonstrations etc. the vendors will spotlight their sustainable products and services. We are expecting to draw more than 4000 attendees at the Lowry Park Zoo. We are sepecially excited that this year Ecofest lands on the official National Earth Day.

If you are interested in participating as a vendor, please click HERE.

We hope to see you there!

Tama Mama Signature

 

31 Mar 2017

Nature is Our Best Teacher: Florida’s Learning Lab + A Visit to Crystal Springs with Zephyrhills® Brand Natural Spring Water

No Comments Ad, Family Travel, Sponsored, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do

Nature will always be our best teacher! This is a sponsored conversation written by me and sponsored by Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water. All opinions are my own!

Crystal Springs Florida

 

I love finding places where my kids and I can learn about the world around them. We love exploring Florida and all the diverse ecosystems that our right in our backyard. A friend of mine had told me about a field trip her son’s class had to Crystal Springs Preserve and I had to check it out for myself! I love finding new road schooling destinations that I can share with others too! Thanks to Karen Pate, Vice President of Crystal Springs Preserve and Kent Koptiuch, Zephyrhills Brand Natural Resource Manager for the amazing tour of Crystal Springs Preserve. We will most definitely be back soon!

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20 Mar 2017

#KidsOnVacation: Keeping Kids Busy on Spring Break || Great Day Tampa Bay with Tampa Mama

No Comments Great Day Tampa Bay, Kids On Vacation, Mama Loves, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do, TV Segments

Tampa Mama on Great Day Tampa Bay 3.21

Kids on Spring Break is like a precursor to summer!  So we’ve got a few tips to keep you sane if you’ll be at home with kids!  And keep this list handy for summer too!

  1. Have a plan for the day!  Weather that be an activity for the morning or a play date schedule for the afternoon or a movie night scheduled for the evening, a plan will help keep you sane. I’ve got a list of 75 activities for kids and families in Tampa Bay that will help you plan! (And you might want to keep the list for summer too!)
  2. Science projects are SO MUCH fun! We’ve got 2 here that kids love and will grow their minds while not making you crazy either! Slime is all the rage as is using some household items to form a chemical reaction! SAFETY FIRST! Make sure to wear your safety goggles too! (All items are available at your local super store.)
  3. Cooking! For the whole family: Spring is a perfect time for Strawberry picking in Tampa Bay!  We made this activity last a little longer by cooking!  We love the Sprinkle Cookbook and their Strawberry Cupcake recipe is spot on! Working on math and fractions with cooking is also a math bonus!
  4. For younger kids, making playdough is super fun and keeps them busy for longer than just the making!
  5. Go outside!  Plant a garden! Take the dog for a walk I like dual purpose activities! Sprinkler plus a hose means my car, the dog and even their bikes can get washed. And everybody is happy!
  6. Throw a themed dinner party! Decorations, menus, pretty place settings!  Have fun! It takes all day to prepare for your party!
  7. Technology is fun!  Just not all day! Teach them something new! My kids love playing movie director! iMovie is super simple and their films are hilarious! They write. They use props. The shoot scenes around the house. Teach them stop motion video techniques! It’s so creative and they become better with technology!

Marisa Langford on Great Day Tampa Bay

17 Mar 2017

Pizza! Pizza! Read All About It! Russos New York Pizzeria Comes To Tampa Bay + Giveaway || Tampa Mama Blog

2 Comments Family Time, Lifestyle, Sunday Supper, Tampa, Tampa Bay


Hey Tampa Pizza Lovers! There’s a new pizzeria in town! The Russos New York Pizzeria will introduce itself to the community at their new location in Clearwater this Sunday, March 19th with cooking demonstrations from chef Russo, drink specials food tastings, and 28-inch “Giant Pie” pizza giveaways too! There are two family events this weekend!

RSVP for the event here!

GIVEAWAY!

I’m giving away two (2) $25 Russos New York Pizzeria gift cards away when you tell what you like on your pizza in the comments below! A winner will be chosen at random on Sunday March 19th at 11:59pm!!

Thank you to Russos New York Pizzeria for sponsoring this giveaway!

10 Mar 2017

‘Something Rotten’ Smells Like Roses at the Straz Center in Tampa Bay || Tampa Mama Blog

No Comments Featured, Florida, Lifestyle, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Theatre

A packed house for opening night of SOMETHING ROTTEN! at the Straz Center in Tampa Bay had me knowing that this was going to be a fantastic night!  And SOMETHING ROTTEN!  did not disappoint!

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04 Mar 2017

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival #CorksandCoasters PREVIEW || Tampa Mama

No Comments Dining Out, Family Travel, Florida, Hosted, Lifestyle, Sneak Peak, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do, Travel

BuschGardensFoodandWine2017Cover

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