10 Sep 2017

The Calm Before The Storm: #HurricaneIrma Heads for Home in Tampa Bay

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My mind won’t stop. I’m mentally and physically exhausted from the past three days of pepping, stressing, watching, thinking, hoping, praying and wondering what the next 48 hours will bring.

The calm before the storm.

UPDATE: Sunday, 9/10/17 3:48pm:

Hurricane Irma Live: ‘Biggest Thing’ to Do Is Pray, Florida Governor Says – The New York Times

Morning walks up the Hillsborough River are daily. Not a cloud in the sky and the water so calm.

But this was today’s work:

We started early and worked all day. And my mind has not stopped going.

Will we have a home to go home to? Will my kids have a school to go back to? Will our friends be spared? Will our friends be ok? Will our city be ok? What will change? What will be spared and what will perish forever?

We packed up only what we needed. A few valuables, paperwork, 4 kids, a dog, a cat, water, food and fled 45 miles north. We boarded up our house. Said, “Be safe” to our neighbors who were weathering the storm and we left. We don’t know what to expect. We are safe for now with loved ones and family. We will wait.

Here’s a glimpse of what we saw today. Tomorrow can only tell what happens next.

And when Walt Disney World closes (5th time in history), Publix shuts down until Tuesday at 8am and Walmart closes until further notice, you know $hit just got real.

Be nice, Irma. I just want to go home.

01 May 2017

Mama Loves: Exploring Tampa Bay

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Tampa- Pirate Water Taxi

 

My favorite way to explore a new city that I am visiting is taking recommendations from the people who know it best. The insiders. The experts. The locals. It’s no secret that I love Tampa. It’s one of my favorite cities in all of Florida! I know it inside and out. I love learning about what’s new, what’s coming, and what’s happening. My kids and I often play tourists in our own city, taking time to have fun and experience new things in our own backyard.

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09 Apr 2017

Ten Things You Didn’t Know Are Happening in Tampa || Tampa Mama Blog

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Seminole Heights

 

I live in the urban corridor of Tampa. It’s called Seminole Heights and we are about 5 minutes from Downtown- which is like my second home. We are down there all the time. It’s close enough to the heart of the city that when things happen I tend to be among those that hear the rumors or see it first hand. I’ve got  Ten Things You Didn’t Know Are Happening in Tampa and hope you might learn something new!  These are my urban insider tips for anyone coming into Tampa. If you stay for a week , a few days or are just visiting and want to expolre Tampa, here’s what you’ll want to know! What an amazing city Tampa has become! It’s only getting better too!

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31 Mar 2017

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

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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

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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

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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

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BuschGardensFoodandWine2017Cover

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15 Feb 2017

Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon Returns to Tampa on April 22

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Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon Tampa Mama

 

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. My oldest 2 kids will compete in their 5th Tampa Bay Kids triathlon and Shelby, age 7 will make her triathlon debut! Mark your calendars Fit Kids!! March 18th, 2017 is around the corner and your kids still have time to train to cross that finish line!

Lots to be proud of at the young age of 9. I was watching cartoons on a Saturday morning. || #triathlete #TBKT15

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14 Feb 2017

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

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 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 Feb 2017

Don’t Wait Another Year: Enroll in Florida Prepaid College Plan Today || Tampa Mama

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