03 May 2017

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is EPIC || #GOTGVOL2

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Marvel, Movies, Review, Sneak Peak

I’ve been blogging for a while now and I also am addicted to reading blogs! Especially about movies! And in the past year, I have been fortunate to have seen some very cool movies before they hit theaters.

I had an AWESOME opportunity to see GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 a few days before everyone else, but let me tell you…when I told my son we had media passes, he lost it! I have also been reading about all the cast insights and more from a few lucky blogger friends of mine who were picked to be red carpet bloggers at the premier! They got to interview the cast and I just couldn’t stop reading! Check out my friend, Vera’s blog, Lady and The Blog, where she dishes with the whole cast and more! So jealous and so excited to see the movie!

We had just seen Guardians of the Galaxy, for the 100th time, last week on our weekly Friday night family movie night! I got ambitious and made these to get the kids more excited to see the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 on May 5th:

They were delicious by the way. And totally earned me some cool Mom points too!

And then we saw the movie…

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.

OMG! I just can’t spoil it. It would be so unfair. But let me tell you….I laughed, I cried, and all I wanted to do was hug that Baby Groot! It was far beyond what I was was expecting and I was expecting some great things from this movie! The music is epic and tells so much of the story just as it did in the first movie. Dive deeper into the characters and where they came from and how much they mean to each other. And yes, there are even better scenes than the epic dance off with Peter Quill or the dancing Baby Groot to the Jackson 5 from the first movie. The Star Lord will return!

So… now, I have officially hopped on the bandwagon of super galactic fan and will be going out to buy all the things “Groot” and more! Thankfully, there is a ton of super fun toys for me to by my kids (and I promise I will only play with them while they are at school) and my friend Vera, from Lady and the Blog, has an amazing toy guide already done here, so no need for me to recreate the wheel! Check it out here so you’ll know what to buy! But the first thing I am buying is the soundtrack.

And I hope you go see the movie. Like opening day. May 5th. Get your tickers now. Like right now. And bring some tissues. You’ll need those too.

Make sure to follow along with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

I was invited as a member of the media to a press screening of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

20 Mar 2017

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

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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

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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03 Mar 2017

Beauty and the Beast Invitations By Evite

No Comments Disney, Disney Movies, Free Printables, Party Planning, Sponsored

Beauty and the Beast

From the Be Our Guest Restaurant at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. We were so inspired!

 

I am so excited about the March 17th release of the live-action re-telling of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast!” With my youngest daughter’s 5th birthday coming up, we are already planning a Be Our Guest themed birthday party!

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14 Feb 2017

The Florida State Fair: Deep Fried Thoughts on Ferris Wheels, Fried Oreos and Corn Dogs || Tampa Mama

2 Comments Hosted, Kids On Vacation, Lifestyle, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Things To Do, Travel, Travel Tuesday

 Florida State Fair- Farris Wheel Fair Rides

The Florida State Fair began in 1904 near what is now more well-known as the University of Tampa. It was there that the Mid-Winter Festival continued to attract families and entertain them with games and popcorn, or competitions for the best bull or the the best pie. But it wasn’t until February 1977, 40 years ago, that it first took place where it still takes place today. Now attracting over half a million visitors each February, we are the first Fair on the State Fair circuit.

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13 Jan 2016

Dinner in Orlando with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Nickelodeon Suites Resort

No Comments Adventures, Dining Out, Family Travel, Florida, Kids, Travel Tuesday

If you have TMNT fan in your house that it might be worth the trip to Orlando for dinner with your favorite turtles!
Antonio’s Pizza-Rama dinner featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is available and open to the public this weekend January 15 – 17, 2016.

Details:
· Adults 11 and up: $33 plus tax

· Children 4 – 10: $17 plus tax

· Children 3 and under eat free from the buffet with an adult dining full fare

· 18% gratuity on parties of six or more

· Advanced dinner reservations are required, 407-387-5438

· Open to non-hotel guests

For more information and to make reservations visit the Nick Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

Image above from Nickelodeon Suites Resort website.

09 Jan 2016

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

1 Comment Giveaway, Movies, New York City, Sponsored

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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15 May 2014

Disney on Ice: Through Abby’s Eyes

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We are headed to see the new Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate, which is coming to Tampa Bay on May 15- 18, and we are the first stop on the 17 markets that they will be heading too!

Honestly, we are HUGE Disney fans anyways, but each year for the past 6 years, we have been fortunate to see the Disney on Ice show that comes to Tampa in May! But this year is a special year…It will be Abby’s first show and I cannot wait to see her face light up when the show starts!

All my kids love attending the show. From my 9-year old son to my 4-year old daughter everyone loves the Disney on Ice show. And with Abby being versed in Disney characters from reading Disney books and the occasional show, I’m thrilled to see her see them in real life!

Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate

The Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate show looks to have a wide range of characters for all my kids to get excited about! Everyone from the Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto will be there as well as a few friends too: Toy Story’s Buzz and Woody, Alice, the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum from Alice in Wonderland, Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen will celebrate a jazzy Mardi Gras jubilee, and Mickey will help celebrate Chinese New Year with Mulan and Shang! I am sure that this show will be spectacular! (Check back soon for my pics of Abby at her first show!)

And of course, we are headed to the Tampa Bay Times Forum, one of Tampa’s BEST places to see a live preformance with kids! They will be hosting us tonight, as they host many families throughout the year for a wide variety of shows as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning games and Tampa Bay Storm games, which are also super fun to attend with kids! We see so many shows here each year and we LOVE their staff and venue!

So for tonight, my family and I are going to celebrate kids being kids and enjoy the Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate show that is sure to bring a smile to everyone who is in the audience..especially my little ones! And I can’t wait to celebrate!

And if you want to keep up with us in real time, we will be on Twitter with #DisneyonIce and #LetsCelebrate

For more reviews of the show, visit a few blogger friends of mine at DadScribe and MommyGuru!

Tickets are still available as of May 15, 2014 for Tampa Bay.

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*I have been provided with tickets for my family to attend the Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate show as guests of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. All opinions are my own.

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