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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11 Oct 2016

BUSCH GARDENS TO HOST SESAME STREET HALLOWEEN EVENT FOR KIDS || Tampa Mama 

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22 Aug 2016

More Than Just A Restaurant- Goody Goody Opens in Tampa, Florida || Tampa Mama 

No Comments Dining Out, Florida, Lifestyle, Mama Loves, Review, Sneak Peak, Tampa, Tampa Bay

One of the best evenings spent with the Goody Goody family and GrandDad as my date to the hottest ticket in town, especially for the foodies. I was lucky to be invited to a pre-opening of the famed Goody Goody, established in 1925 in Tampa (see map below for locations back in the day) and now revived by the famed 4th generation Tampa restaurateur, Richard Gonzmart. If you’ve lived in Tampa or even visited, you are more than likely familiar with his restaurants- The Columbia and Ulele– with more plans to add more concepts to his portfolio soon.

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27 Apr 2016

Sprinkles Cupcakes Opens in Tampa, Florida!

No Comments Florida, Tampa, Tampa Bay

 
When we walked into the pink cupcake store, my daughter went straight to the cupcake counter and started pointing at every beautiful cupcake she wanted to try! Lucky for us, we were able to indulge in many of the flavors that will be available to the citizens of Tampa (and Florida as this is the FIRST Sprinkles Cupcakes in the state!)

Toddler life decisions.

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03 Apr 2016

Celebrate Earth Day in Tampa Bay with EcoFest!

No Comments Family Time, Florida, Tampa, Tampa Bay

Want a family-fun free event to take your kids to in April to celebrate Earth Day?

Head to EcoFest 2016 – Earth Day Tampa Bay! 

EcoFest Earth Day Tampa Bay

The 7th annual EcoFest will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23rd at the Lowry Park bandshell.

EcoFest is a community event organized by Learning Gate Community School, the City of Tampa and the USF Patel College of Global Sustainability to celebrate the many businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Tampa Bay area dedicated to the principles of sustainability – Ecology, Equity and Economy.

This year’s event features:

·         Over 100 local vendors (artists, green living products & services, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists, organic farms and gardens, etc.)

·         Sustainability workshops

·         a ParKour Agility Course (created by an American Ninja Warrior participant)

·         a Yoga Zone (Three Yoga Studios with live music)

·         “Trash the Bag” Crafts and Kid Zone

·         Costume characters -sure to attract the kids- who will pose for photos with attendees including: super heroes such as Spiderman, princesses, Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center’s mascot – Molly the Manatee, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful’s mascot – Pete the Pelican, and MOR-TV’s mascot – Stewie of Family Guy!

·         Drum circle

·         USF is supplying a Bull Runner Shuttle Bus to transport attendees to and from parking areas


For additional information click here to learn more about the City of Tampa’s EcoFest 2016!

21 Mar 2016

Mama Loves: A Clean House

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This is a sponsored post! Thank you for supporting Tampa Mama!

It’s no surprise, this Mama LOVES a clean house!

Mama Loves

But…I’m busy. Shocker. I try my best to clean the house on a daily basis so that things are not piled up and my house work doesn’t burry me…literally. I do need help every once in a while, but it’s hard to find a reliable service that is as last minute as I am. Until now!

I came across a cleaning service that seemed to have read my mind! I thought it was too good to be true! When I Say Maid is a new service in the Tampa Bay area that is like Uber for a cleaning company. Sometimes things come up and I’m in need of a service on a more immediate basis. This service has really listened to their audience and developed a business around what people (like me) need.

I had the opportunity to give their new business a test drive!

We scheduled an appointment and everything was all set! They have a 52- point cleaning checklist that should be signed off on before your cleaning person leaves your home. I also really like the straight forward charges that they have laid out. It is very professional and takes much of the guessing game out of how much to pay additionally if you need your oven cleaned or your walls cleaned.

When they sent their cleaning person to my home, I did like knowing that they have all their employees background check, licensed, insured and bonded. (Running my own company, I know how important these things are and should not be over looked when your hire anyone to do work in your home!)

She got to work right away! She was extremely thorough, and the only hick up was that she was double booked that day and couldn’t finish my home in the allowed time (I have reached out to the company and was assured that this glitch has been worked out and they are no longer double booking as they were when they launched.)

But my home looked awesome.

   
    
 I was definitely impressed with their professionalism and would recommend their company to those looking for a cleaning company to help with a short notice. I like that there are no hidden charges and everything is up front. They are even willing to guarantee their services with a 200% guarantee and that alone is impressive!

This Mama Loves a clean house and is excited to know that someone out there gets me and my busy schedule.

For more Mama Love features, click here!

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Thank you to When I Say Maid for allowing me to test drive their business and review it accordingly. All opinions are my own!

19 Mar 2016

Tampa Bay With Kids:  AirFest and Why You Should Go

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If you are lucky enough to have the chance, take the whole family to MacDill Air Force Base for their annual AirFest. It will be a long day, but totally worth it and here’s why. 

  
    
    
  
A few things to remember: 

  • Bring a wagon and or chairs if you want to sit. No seating and little shade.
  • Be prepared to walk and use portable toliets.
  • It is hot so dress accordingly and wear sunscreen and hats!
  • You can bring in snacks!
  • The event is free.
  • Come early.
  • Bring your camera. 
26 Feb 2016

Valspar Championship Returns to Innisbrook on March 6, 2016 {Tampa, Florida}

No Comments Adventures, Family Time, Family Travel, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Uncategorized

On March 6, 2016 the Valspar Championship returns to Tampa Bay at the Innisbrook Florida, which is one of America’s most celebrated golf courses!

We love having this marquee tournament in our back yard. Innisbrook is a fabulous place to stay and is the perfect place to play golf. 

So much is happening during the week of March 6th through March 14th. Get your calendars out, find some friends and make it weekend you’ll never forget. Bring the kids because it’s such a great sport to introduce them to. They will have a great time!

 2016 Schedule of Events

Sunday, March 6
Par4Miler Run (4pm)

Click here to register

3M Million Dollar Hole-In-One Challenge (4pm)

DETAILS
: NEW in 2016 at the Valspar Championship – the perfect kickoff to Tampa Bay’s PGA TOUR event week for the fitness buff is the Par4Miler. Head out on Sunday, March 6 at 4 p.m. for a four-mile timed run through the scenic tournament Copperhead course at Innisbrook to an upscale 18th hole recovery party where you will collect your one-day ticket to the tournament and a voucher for a gallon of Valspar paint.

Monday, March 7

The Monday Pro-Celebrity-Am presented by BB&T in support of the International Institute of Orthotics and Prosthetics

12pm shotgun start;

Admission is FREE

Tuesday, March 8
Professional Practice Rounds;

Admission is FREE


Wednesday, March 9

Championship Pro-Am;

Gates open at 6:00am

Thursday, March 10
1st Round Valspar Championship

Gates open at 6:00am;

Golf Channel from 3pm – 6pm

Valspar® LIVE! Concert featuring Rascal Flatts (7pm)

DETAILS: The Valspar Live! Concert featuring Rascal Flatts will be after play on THURSDAY, March 10th on the Osprey Driving Range. You will need a Thursday ticket or a Good Any One Day ticket for admittance, there is no special concert ticket.

Click here to purchase tickets
The concert will take place on the Osprey Driving Range. The Osprey Range is adjacent to the 14th fairway. Buses will be available from the Osprey Range back to tournament parking lots after the concert is over.
Admittance to the concert is complimentary to all Thursday tournament ticketholders; however, charitable donations can be made to Habitat to Humanity throughout the evening. 

All you need is a Thursday tournament ticket; you do not need a separate concert ticket. 

However, we are selling a Ultimate Concert Pass that gives you premium seating right in front of the stage. See ticket option section of website.

Friday, March 11
2nd Round Valspar Championship

Gates open at 6:00am;

Golf Channel from 3pm – 6pm

Saturday, March 12
3rd Round Valspar Championship

Gates open at 7:00am;

Golf Channel from 1pm – 3pm, NBC from 3pm – 6pm
Sunday, March 13
Final Round Valspar Championship

Gates open at 7:00am;

Golf Channel from 1pm – 3pm, NBC from 3pm – 6pm

Monday, March 14
Monday After Challenge (play the course the pros play)



Championship Rounds (Thursday – Sunday)

Fun activities happening all weekend: 

These are done great activities that you might not want to miss when you attend! 

Bright House Sports Network Pavilion (between 10th tee and 18 green)

Jabil Family Fun Zone presented by Publix(8th and 9th holes)

Michelob ULTRA 19th Hole (18th green)

Frenchy’s Pool Party (behind 18th green)

Fan Expo Area (behind 18th green)

Tampa General Hospital Interactive Health Screenings and Walk

Pinch A Penny Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost (16th green)

Will you be going this year?! We hope to see you out there! It’s great to live in Tampa Bay! 

{Photo Credit: Facebook.com/ValsparChsmpionship }

25 Feb 2016

Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon Comes To Adventure Island! Discount Code!

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Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon Fit Kids

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.

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

The Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon is back and is just one short month away. We have participated each year and will be again.

Kids triathlons are the new sports for kids these days!

Over 300 kids came out bright and early to race and compete. It’s such an amazing experience! Lots of people ready to help and everyone wanting the kids to succeed and cross that finish line. I hope I’ll see you out on the course!

Mark your calendar! March 19th is around the corner! You still have time to train!

DISCOUNT CODE: Register here using the code FITKIDS and save $5.

12 Feb 2016

Mama Needs A Break: A Cheddar’s Giveaway 

15 Comments Dining Out, Tampa, Tampa Bay, Tampa Restaurants

  
Four kids. Work. Life. (I know… I’m getting tired just talking about my life.) Sometimes you just need a break. From it all. And after a long day of running around with kids, as much as I want to cook a home cooked meal, I’m E X H A U S T E D! But there’s nothing that I love more than my whole family sitting around a dinner table. 

 I love cooking fresh scratch meals and I’m really a good cook, but on a night that I just want to relax, Cheddar’s Fresh Scratch Kitchen is the perfect place to do just that without the guilt of not cooking. It’s just like being in someone else’s kitchen! 

  

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is growing the Tampa Bay area (with four locations) and we are so excited they are here in new parts of town! The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the tables are reminiscent of the ones in your kitchen. Everyone is at the table but this time, no one has to get up and my main job is taking, listening and sharing a meal with my kids. 

 
As a Mom of four, cooking that ONE meal that everyone enjoys is like winning the lottery. I have a few of those in my reserves, but most of the time, I feel like a short order cook, cooking things to please the permanent guests of my home. 

  

At Cheddar’s, the menu selection was impressive. My favorite reason: most everything was made from scratch, down to the ketchup at your table (low in sugar and just a few ingredients). If I had all the time in the world, I’d love to make EVERYTHING from scratch, but it just doesn’t happen like I want it to all the time, so I’m glad that there are places like Cheddar’s that take the time to make easy items like this because they know they taste better too!

My kids enjoyed browsing the menus and they too liked to know things were made from scratch. They do know that things “out of a box” just aren’t as good as from scratch.

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We started with Onion Rings. Hand made with two homemade sauces. Delicious. The entire stack was gone in an instant.

The portions were large so we shared a few items and even took home left overs. 

  
My kids literally cleaned their plates. 

Parents feel the pressures of making the perfect home cooked from scratch meal and society expects us to be everything to everyone. But we are human. We only one person and we are always trying the best we can. And that’s always the most anyone should ask of us.

 

  

GIVEAWAY:

I’m giving away four (4) $25 gift cards to Cheddar’s Fresh Scratch Kitchen. To enter, follow the link below! Leave a comment and tell us what you like most about sitting down as a family for dinner. Good luck and we hope your family as just as good of a time as we did. 

{RULES: Comment before February 19th, 2016 at 11:59pm to be eligible to win. Winner will be selected at random and notified by e-mail. If winner doesn’t respond within 24 hours, another winner will be chosen. One entry per email address. Gift card will be shipped upon confirmation of address within 7 business days.}

When you sit at the table with your kids, it should be a time to connect. Fresh, from scratch homemade food just makes the whole experience that much better. 

My kids will one day be off to college, living on their own, maybe in a different state. I’m cherishing this time we have together because I’m sure to look back on it and wonder where the time went.

Tama Mama