REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Whole Foods Market Carrollwood Kicks Off the New School Year

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED. The winner is Comment #20/Kim wadswortg. CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you to everyone who participated! ***

Whole Foods Market Carrollwood 2014 Back-to-School BashDisclaimer: My family and I participated in a fun, FREE family event at Whole Foods Market Carrollwood, and I am sharing our experience with all of you in return for a $20 Whole Foods Market gift card for my family and one to giveaway on this blog. Honestly, though, we were planning on attending before this opportunity became available. We love the many family-friendly events offered at Whole Foods Market.

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Whole Foods Market Carrollwood 2014 Back-to-School BashBack-to-School Bash + FREE School Lunch Giveaway Whole Foods Market Carrollwood 2014 Back-to-School Bash
Today we headed over to Whole Foods Market Carrollwood so our soon-to-be first grader could pack a healthy lunch for her first day of school, compliments of Whole Foods Market Carrollwood. At 1 p.m. kids and their families were invited to take a bag and collect fresh carrots, turkey cubes, a banana, GoGo SqueeZ, a Kind bar, Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps and a 365 Organic juice box. There was a magician to entertain kids and families in line and throughout the event.

Whole Foods Market Carrollwood 2014 Back-to-School Bash

A taste of hummus on a crispy pita chip makes a girl happy!

The humidity was high today, so it was a relief to go inside for a store-wide sampling of tasty foods and beverages. Our first taste was a delicious crab sushi roll with brown rice. YUM! As we wandered through the store, tastes included That’s It fruit bars, chocolate croissants, coconut water, orange juice, Greek yogurt, and much more. My family’s favorite tasty samples? It was unanimous! Here are our favorite samples, and why:
– Bell & Evans Gluten Free Chicken Tenders (BOGO $6.99): These were a real surprise! The coating was so nice and crispy, and the chicken was flavorful. There was definitely no compromise on taste to make these gluten free.

Whole Foods Market Carrollwood 2014 Back-to-School Bash– Matlaws Breaded Fish Sticks: The fish was flaky, the breading was crispy and tasty. Enjoyed on a bakery-fresh roll, it was delicious and filling!

Our final stop of the day was back outside to join in festivities again. The magician was performing, the YMCA hosted a face painting booth, there were fire truck tours by Station #41, kids could build their own trail mix at the Build Your Own Trail Mix Station and cool off with a chocolate or mint chocolate chip shake make fresh at the Milkshake Station.

Overall, it was a super day to kick off the new 2014-2015 school year!

Whole Foods Market Carrollwood 2014 Back-to-School Bash

Build-Your-Own Trail Mix Bar: Kids could choose 3 items to make their own special mix.

Bring Your Family for Fun at Whole Foods Market Every Month!
Whole Foods Markets offer many events for children and their families every month. Visit the Whole Foods Market Carrollwood website to see what’s coming up, or find our what’s happening at a Whole Foods Market near you.

Whole Foods Market Carrollwood 2014 Back-to-School Bash

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Whole Foods Market Gift CardsI am excited to be able to give a $20 Whole Foods Market Gift Card to one lucky WDTB reader!

How to Enter*:
1. Leave a comment below answering the question: What is your favorite item to purchase at Whole Foods Market?
2. Tweet: “I love my Whole Foods Market! @WFMCarrollwood @WhatsDoingTampa” Then leave a comment below to count as your entry!

* Please be aware that the winner will need to pick up their prize at Whole Foods Market Carrollwood, 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa, FL 33624.

Fine Print: No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the Tampa Bay area (winner will need to pick up their prize at the Whole Foods Market Carrollwood location). The contest period ends on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winner will have 24 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winner, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway. The prize will be held at the Whole Foods Market Carrollwood Customer Service Desk to be picked up by the winner.

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Images © 2014 Nicole Doyle

10 Daddy-Daughter/Son Day Ideas & MoonPie/First Things First Family Prize Pack GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is now CLOSED. The winner is Comment #8/Julie Murphy. CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you to everyone who participated.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by First Things First (FTF). In return for writing this post and offering this giveaway, I am receiving a $10 Amazon gift card. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own, honest opinions.

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The masterpiece my daughter created during her day out with Daddy.

Summer is all about family and spending quality time with the ones you love.
For our family, summer is the time when my husband is most available to take our daughter out for a special day, just the two of them. On Friday, they went to Glazer Children’s Museum and made paper airplanes, ate pretend pizza, and explored the Road Trip U.S.A. exhibit. When I asked my daughter what her favorite part of the day was, she said, “Everything!”

First Things First (FTF), an award winning, not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families, created this short comedy video to demonstrate the importance of Dads spending quality time with their daughters:

Make the Most of the Time You Have.
Your kids are growing up fast, and you will never get this time back, so get out and make the most of the time you have with them. What’s Doing? Tampa Bay blog is dedicated to finding events and activities parents and kids can enjoy together. Tampa Bay offers so many amazing opportunities for family fun, and any one of them would make a memorable day for Dads and their daughters … or sons! Check out the WDTB calendar every day for a list of things to do around the Bay area.

The time you give, however, doesn’t have to be a whole day. Even an hour makes an huge difference to a child. Here is a list of 10 fun ways to spend even more quality time alone with your child, for an afternoon or just an hour.

5 Daddy-Daughter (or Daddy-Son) Day Out Ideas
1. Watch a movie and share some popcorn at the theater. Check out the new releases at your theater, or enjoy one of these local movie events. (Planes: Fire & Rescue opened on July 18. Guardians of the Galaxy opens on August 1, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens on August 8.)

2. Build sand castles on the beach.

3. Paint something together at a paint-your-own-pottery shop.

4. Go on a geocache or take a bike ride

5. Visit a children’s museum.

* Find even more ideas for Daddy-Daughter Days on the GOODSIRS: Better Fathers, Better Husbands, Better Men blog.

5 Stay-at-Home Daddy-Daughter (or Daddy-Son) Day Ideas
In the video, a working Dad made a point of scheduling time during his work day to take his daughter out for afternoon tea. But you can create a memorial day your child will never forget at home, too. Here are a few ideas for creating a special day with your child at home:
1. Make ice cream sundaes and talk about your day together while you eat them.

2. Go on a camping trip … in your back yard.

3. Wash the car together.

4. Make a surprise dinner for Mom together.

5. Curl up on the couch and read your best girl a story or two.

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MoonPie/First Things First Family Prize PackOne lucky WDTB reader will win a MoonPie/First Things First Family Prize Pack, including:
– His and Hers MoonPie T-shirts (2 Large T-shirts)
– 2 Boxes of MoonPies

How to Enter:
Leave a comment below tell me: What do you think about the video?

Fine Print: Each household is only eligible to win One (1) MoonPie/First Things First Family Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the United States only. The contest period ends on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winner will have 24 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winner, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway. The prize will be sent by First Things First (FTF) via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

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MoonPie/First Things First Family Prize Pack and video included in this post were provided to WDTB to promote First Things First (FTF).

First Things First (FTF) is an award winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families in Chattanooga, Tennessee. FTF is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals. FTF accomplishes it mission through meaningful media messaging and skill building classes.

REVIEW: Give Bees a Chance Scavenger Hunt & $20 Whole Foods Market Gift Card Giveaway

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED. The winner is Comment #4/Deirdre … CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you to everyone who participated. ***

Whole Foods Market Give Bees a Chance Scavenger HuntDisclaimer: My family and I participated in a fun, free family event at Whole Foods Market Carrollwood, and I am sharing our experience with all of you in return for a $20 Whole Foods Market gift card for my family and one to giveaway on this blog. Honestly, though, we were planning on attending before this opportunity became available. We enjoy taking part in many of the family events offered at Whole Foods Market.

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Give Bees a Chance Scavenger Hunt
Today’s event was a family scavenger hunt throughout the store aimed at educating people about the plight of the bees and the importance of bees in food production. You could tell who was taking part in the hunt, because most of us were wearing funny bee antennae headbands!

Whole Foods Market Give Bees a Chance Scavenger HuntEach family received a clue card written so that kids can read and solve them. Each clue led us to an item that exists because of the help of bees, and each card gave a new and interesting fact about bees. Once solved, the clue would lead us to either another clue or a photo op that we would take back to the host in return for the next clue. In order to keep the game friendly, the scavenger hunt was not timed, and each family could proceed through the clues at their leisure.

Whole Foods Market Give Bees a Chance Scavenger HuntThroughout our adventure, we learned just how many of the foods that we enjoy regularly and products we use daily are dependent on bee pollinators. (I mean, besides honey!) In fact, bees help produce many, many types of crops, from almonds to onions, and they are vital to the clover and alfalfa that feed beef and dairy cows.

DID YOU KNOW? A whopping 1/3 of our food is pollinated by bees!

So, the moral of this story is that bees are important to all of us, and we need them. As consumers, the best thing we can do in the fight against Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is to support companies that care about bees and support efforts to help save them.

Whole Foods Market Makes Learning Fun
Each month throughout the year, families can take part in many fun activities at Whole Foods Markets throughout the country. The activities are designed to be fun as well as educational, teaching us everything from the importance of bees and the impact of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) to how to make a healthy ice cream using frozen bananas and almond milk! Be sure to check your favorite Whole Foods Market calendar monthly for exciting new events!

Find a Whole Foods Market location near you.

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Whole Foods Market Gift CardsI am excited to be able to give a $20 Whole Foods Market Gift Card to one lucky WDTB reader!

How to Enter*:
1. Leave a comment below answering the question: What food or product are you most thankful to bees for?
2. Tweet: “I enjoy ___ thanks to bee pollinators! #savethebees @WFMCarrollwood @WhatsDoingTampa”

* Please be aware that the winner will need to pick up their prize at Whole Foods Market Carrollwood, 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa, FL 33624.

Fine Print: No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the Tampa Bay area (winner will need to pick up their prize at the Whole Foods Market Carrollwood location). The contest period ends on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winner will have 24 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winner, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway. The prize will be held at the Whole Foods Market Carrollwood Customer Service Desk to be picked up by the winner.

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Give Bees a Chance Banner and Whole Foods Market Gift Cards image courtesy of Whole Foods Market IP. L.P.
Give Bees a Chance Family Scavenger Hunt images © 2014 Nicole Doyle

Summer of Fun: “The LEGO Movie” Everything is Awesome Blog App & Blu-ray Giveaway

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED. The winner is … Comment #2/Bernie W. CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you to everyone who participated. ***

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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DID YOU KNOW? The LEGO® Movie arrived on Blu-ray on June 17!

To help celebrate the launch, I’m giving away a Blu-ray copy. Use the Everything is Awesome Blog App to create a short LEGO® video to enter the giveaway.

About The LEGO® Movie
The LEGO® Movie is an original 3D computer animated story that follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

Chris Pratt (Moneyball) stars as the voice of Emmet. Will Ferrell (The Campaign) stars as the voice of his primary adversary, President Business, an erudite, anal-retentive CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life. Liam Neeson (Taken) voices the president’s powerful henchman, known as Bad Cop, who will stop at nothing to catch Emmet.

Starring as Emmet’s fellow travelers are Oscar® winner Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) as Vitruvius, an old mystic; Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Emmy nominee for 30 Rock) as tough-as-nails Lucy, who mistakes Emmet for the savior of the world and guides him on his quest; Will Arnett (Emmy nominee, 30 Rock) as the mysterious Batman, a LEGO minifigure with whom Lucy shares a history; Nick Offerman (NBC’s Parks and Recreation) as a craggy, swaggering pirate obsessed with revenge on President Business; and Alison Brie (Community) as a sweet, loveable member of the team, with a powerful secret.

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asterikGUESS WHAT?! You can join friends for a FREE showing of The LEGO® Movie this summer at Pier 60 Sunset Theatre (June 27) and during Regal Theaters 2014 Summer Movie Express (July 1 & 2), Carmike Theaters Summer Kids Movie Series (July 15-17), and Cobb Theatres FREE Summer Kids Shows (July 15-17). Check out the FREE Summer Movies for Kids schedules!

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The Everything is Awesome Blog App
Move your mouse across the GIFs to control the action and play “EVERYTHING IS AWESOME” at the same time to really get crazy with it! Press the “record” button and make a mini 6-second LEGO® GIF video that can be shared to Twitter and Facebook. Videos instantly get posted to YouTube for everybody to enjoy!

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One creative WDTB reader will win a copy of The LEGO® Movie on Blu-ray for your own home collection. Use the Everything is Awesome Blog App to create your unique 6-second LEGO® video.

How to Enter:
1. Create a mini 6-second LEGO GIF video, then comment with the YouTube link to your video as your giveaway entry.
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSrJ1F17ad1WYmL95B7of1Q
2. Tweet: “My favorite LEGO Movie character is ___! #TheLEGOMovie @WhatsDoingTampa”

Fine Print: Each household is only eligible to win One (1) The LEGO® Movie Blu-Ray via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the United States. The contest period ends on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winner will have 24 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winner, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

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The LEGO® Movie images and Everything is Awesome Blog App included in this post were provided to WDTB to promote Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Snickers Movie Ticket Giveaway: Vote to Name the New Snickers Bar!

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED! The winner is … Comment #11/Julie! Thank you to everyone who participated! ***

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SNICKERS Brand.

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GUESS WHAT?!
Snickers has created a NEW chocolate bar, and they want YOUR help to name it!

Vote on a Name for the New Snickers Bar!
Mars Chocolate North America has announced that for the first time ever, consumers will have the opportunity to help name the newest product from SNICKERS! This delicious new SNICKERS® Bar has MORE peanuts, MORE caramel, and MORE chocolate, and it will be in stores in 2015! In fact, it has more of everything people love most about SNICKERS, except nougat … oh, and a name.

The currently unnamed bar includes a single layer of crunchy roasted peanuts and smooth caramel blended and covered in milk chocolate. Visit the SNICKERS Facebook Page through June 13, 2014 to vote for one of five possible names:
– SNICKERS Go Nuts
– SNICKERS Xtreme
– SNICKERS #MoreNuts
– SNICKERS Nuts Galore
– SNICKERS Nuts!

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One lucky WDTB blog reader will win a Snickers Voting Prize Pack that includes a SNICKERS bar, A SNICKERS BITES pack, a SNICKERS Almond bar, a SNICKERS Peanut Butter Squared bar, a SNICKERS Rockin’ Nut Road Bar, and a pair of movie tickets!

How to Enter:
1. I voted for “SNICKERS Xtreme.” Post a comment below with the name you voted for!
2. Tweet: “@WhatsDoingTampa My chocolate craving is _____! #SnickersVote”

Fine Print: Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Snickers Voting Pack with an assortment of Snickers Brand products and two (2) movie tickets. via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the United States. The contest period ends on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winner will have 24 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winner, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

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SNICKERS images and blog app included in this post were provided to WDTB is promotion of the SNICKERS Brand.

REVIEW: New Tastes and Small Plates Added to Olive Garden Menus + T-shirt Giveaway

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED! The winner is Comment #4/Shelly Peterson. Thank you to everyone who participated. ***

WDTB was invited to participate in a private media tasting event at the Olive Garden on North West Shore Boulevard in Tampa, FL. Any opinions expressed below are my own based on my experience that evening.

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A New Twist on an Old Favorite
Olive Garden happens to be one of my daughter and my favorite places to go when we have a Mommy & Me lunch because the girl loves soup (I mean, LOVES IT!), so we always order their soup, salad and breadsticks lunch. Now with Olive Garden’s Tuscan Trio Combinations, I can “Mom-up” that combination with an additional pasta side, small plate appetizer, or new salad topping (like the Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad Topper, featuring fresh mozzarella bites, roasted tomato, bell pepper, basil, kale and an extra-virgin olive oil drizzle).

Olive Garden’s new Small Plates, paired with their small price (just $4 each), makes it possible to finally enjoy an appetizer without spoiling our appetites for the rest of the meal, or even to enjoy a variety of tastes in a light Tapas-inspired lunch. Here is a look at the Small Plate appetizers I tasted:
– Polenta Shrimp alla Greca: Sautéed shrimp served on creamy polenta and topped with a fresh blend of olives, capers and tomato sauce.

Crispy Risotto Bites

Crispy Risotto Bites

– Crispy Risotto Bites: Bite-sized blend of Italian cheeses and rice, lightly fried and served in marinara sauce.
– Artichoke Fritta (making its debut in restaurants on June 16, 2014): Marinated artichoke hearts, lightly battered and fried. Served with a five cheese marinara dipping sauce.

Although I enjoyed all of these, my favorite Small Plate was the Crispy Risotto Bites, which I’m excited to have my daughter try the next time we go. (I think she will love them!) The Crispy Risotto Bites have a nice crunch on the outside, while the inside is creamy and delicious.

Olive Garden's  New Item  Smashed Chicken Meatball Sandwich

Smashed Chicken Meatball Sandwich

Even Better! Part of Olive Garden’s Pronto Lunch, you can opt for a handmade sandwich (like the Smashed Chicken Meatball Sandwich) or flatbread served with unlimited soup or salad (Mon.-Fri. until 4 p.m.).

Light and Healthful
In particular, I was impressed with Olive Garden’s use of kale in their new Roasted Tomato Caprese Salad Topper and Chicken Abruzzi, a grilled chicken breast in a savory broth with cannellini beans, kale and garden vegetables. Kale, a nutritional powerhouse that’s also high in fiber, adds a satisfying crunch to meals.

Even Better! The Chicken Abruzzi, part of Olive Garden’s Lighter Italian Fare, is under 575 calories.

I also wanted to mention Olive Garden’s new Lasagna Fresca, which will be in restaurants beginning June 16, 2014. I enjoyed the lightness of this vegetable lasagna with sautéed shrimp and grilled tomatoes in a sundried tomato sauce.

Planning a Moms Night Out at Olive Garden
One bite into Olive Garden’s new Strawberry Panna Cotta (making its debut in restaurants on June 16, 2014), and I was already planning a Girls Night Out for dessert and coffee at Olive Garden! Strawberries top the rich and creamy vanilla custard … need I say more? I am completely hooked on this amazing dessert!

Even Better! The Olive Garden on North Westshore Boulevard shares a parking lot with The Container Store, so after dessert we can have fun browsing for some cool home storage ideas.

Have you tried any of Olive Garden’s new menu items? I’d love to hear what you think!

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I Love Pasta T-shirtWDTB readers are invited to enter to win one XL Olive Garden “I Love Pasta” T-shirt.

How to Enter:
1. Leave a comment below answering the question: “What is your favorite Olive Garden menu item, or which new menu item are you most looking forward to trying?” (Visit the Olive Garden website to see more menu items.)
2. Tweet: “I entered the #OGTastes T-shirt Giveaway @WhatsDoingTampa @OliveGarden”
3. Stop by the WDTB Facebook Page and say “HI!”

Fine Print: No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the United States and Canada. The contest period ends on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winner, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway. The prize will be mailed via USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

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Image courtesy of digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Smashed Chicken Meatball Sandwich © 2014 What’s Doing? Tampa Bay
Crispy Risotto Bites image courtesy of Olive Garden / Darden Concepts, Inc.

“Bet On Your Baby” Luvs Coupons Giveaway

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED! Well, it took three tries, but finally we have a winner who replied AND hasn’t already won this prize on another blog! The winner … Valerie Collazo! CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you to everyone who participated. I appreciate your continued support. ***

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to offer a Luvs Diaper Coupon Giveaway in promotion of the second season of Bet on Your Baby, which airs on Saturdays at 8/7c on ABC. I am not receiving any compensation or product in return for hosting this giveaway.

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May 31 marked the beginning of the second season of the television game show Bet On Your Baby, airing Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC. In this show, parents bet on how well their child will follow their instructions when left to their own devices in the Baby Dome, a private room decorated with toys, crayons, pillows and other fun stuff designed to distract baby from his or her task. As watchers, we only see this room through the eye of a camera, while one parent gives their child a task to perform, and the other parent in the studio bets on whether or not their child will perform the task. In the episode I saw, a child was told to sit and hold a beach ball, and not to let go. Once Dad left the room, a remote control truck carrying a cupcake was sent into the room to distract the child and entice him let go of the ball.

Into the Baby Dome
I’ve been thinking about how my daughter might react in that room, and I honestly don’t know. Being in an unfamiliar place left alone without us, I honestly don’t know how she would respond. I might expect her to sit quietly doing what we ask, waiting for us to return for the first time. But after that, I expect she’d find the allure of new things to explore too compelling to focus on say, holding a ball, for an entire 60 seconds. Hey, there were crayons in there!

But if there is one thing you learn from watching this show, it’s that you just never really know what kids will do! Just take a look …

How do you think your child would react in the Baby Dome? Your answer will enter you to win some FREE diapers from Luvs!

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WDTB are invited to participate in a giveaway for a chance to win 3 coupons for FREE Luvs Jumbo Pack diapers!

How to Enter:
1. Leave a comment below answering the question: “How do you think your child would react in the Baby Dome?”
2. Tweet: “I entered the #BetOnYourBaby Luvs Coupons Giveaway @WhatsDoingTampa”
3. Stop by the WDTB Facebook Page and say “HI!”

Fine Print: Each household is only eligible to win one (1) Pack of Three Luv’s Coupons via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the United States and Canada. The contest period ends on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winner will have 24 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winner, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

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Baby in diaper bending down frontwards image courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Bet on Your Baby images were provided by Bet On Your Baby to promote the television show.

Review & Giveaway: Try Chick-fil-A’s New Grilled Recipe Entrées for FREE

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED! The winners will be e-mailed and then announced on this page once confirmed!
And the winners are …
– Comment #15: Sarah Hall
– Comment #21: Tatiana J.
– Comment #11: Amy Orvin
– Comment #4: Elis B.
– Comment #29: Ingo J.
Thank you to everyone who participated. ***

Chick-fil-A New Grilled ChickenChick-fil-A® recently introduced a lineup of grilled chicken entrées featuring a new recipe that strives to provide an unmatched backyard grilled taste. Each chicken breast is marinated with a blend of sea salt, lemon, garlic and herbs, and cooked on a state-of-the-art, proprietary grill developed by Chick-fil-A. The result is a tender and juicy with a subtle smoky flavor.

The three New Grilled Chicken entrées officially hit restaurants on April 14, 2014. Here are the new stars on the Chick-fil-A menu board:

Chick-fil-A New Recipe Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Getting ready to taste the Chick-fil-A New Recipe Grilled Chicken Sandwich.

– Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Sandwich: 100% pure breast meat chicken, marinated with a special blend of seasonings and grilled for a tender and juicy backyard-grilled taste. The sandwich is served on a new toasted, multigrain bun with leaf lettuce and tomato, and served with a side of Honey Roasted BBQ Sauce. With just 320 calories and 5 grams of fat, it one of the most nutritious grilled entrees in the quick-service industry.
– Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich: The Club features Colby-Jack Cheese and Applewood smoked bacon, and has 440 calories and 14 grams of fat.
– Chick-fil-A Grilled Nuggets: Bite-sized pieces of pure boneless breast of chicken that are great as a meal or a snack. Choose from 8-count (140 calories, 3 fat grams) or 12-count (200 calories, 4.5 fat grams) with a choice of dipping sauce. Even Better! Grilled Nuggets are made without gluten-containing ingredients.

You can also taste the new grilled chicken recipe in Chick-fil-A’s other grilled chicken entrées, including the Chick-fil-A® Grilled Market Salad, Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap®, and Chick-fil-A® Chicken Salad Sandwich.

AsterikDid You Know? Chick-fil-A strives to offer food choices that meet the challenging variety of dietary needs parents are challenged with today — counting carbs, reducing fat or calories, or eating food made without gluten-containing ingredients. Did you know that Chick-fil-A offers an online meal calculator? Or that you can get order-specific nutrition information printed on receipts by request? They also post calorie counts right on their menu boards.

Eating Chick-fil-A's New Grilled Chicken SandwichSO, What Did We Think?
The new recipe is more flavorful, with a stronger mixture of herbs and seasonings. Chick-fil-A has put an emphasis on the backyard barbecue taste, and I have to say that the grilled flavor does make me think of chicken grilled on our grill at home, so I think they are right on target with that. The real test, though, is will my 6-year-old eat it? She said, “I Like this better than the other grilled chicken,” although she couldn’t say why she felt that way. But she did eat half the sandwich!

Our friends tried the new recipe, too, and all three of the kids (ages 5, 8 and 11) went back for a second — and even third — taste! That’s something, because the five-year-old wouldn’t eat the grilled chicken nuggets previously, and now he’s going back for more. For a mom, that’s a BIG thumbs up!

What really matters, though, is what YOU think when you’re eating them!

*** GIVEAWAY *** GIVEAWAY *** GIVEAWAY ***

Chick-fil-A pre-loaded digital cardThanks to Chick-fil-A, FIVE of you will have the opportunity to try the new Chick-fil-A Grilled Chicken Sandwiches for FREE. Enter to win one of five digital offer cards that are pre-loaded with one FREE Grilled Chicken entrée (one a month) in May, June and July.

One FREE entrée each month:
– May: Grilled Chicken Sandwich
– June: Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich
– July: Grilled Chicken Sandwich or Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich

Here’s How to Enter:
— Post a comment below answering the question: “What does your family like best about Chick-fil-A?”
— Visit the What’s Doing? Tampa Bay Facebook Page and leave a comment letting me know you stopped by.
— TWEET: “I entered the WDTB Chick-fil-A New Grilled Chicken Entrée Digital Card Giveaway! @WhatsDoingTampa @ChickfilA”

IMPORTANT: Leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each action to qualify as a separate entry! (Maximum of 3 comments per entrant.) You can only win one prize.

The Fine Print: A maximum of 3 entries per person will be accepted. Each entry must be left as a separate comment to qualify as a separate entry. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the continental U.S. The contest period ends on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Five (5) winners will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winners will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winners, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway (I will check to verify your tweet!). WDTB is responsible for mailing the prize to the winners. No P.O. Boxes, please. Please allow 1 week for prize delivery. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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Chick-fil-A logo image courtesy of CFA Properties, Inc.
Chick-fil-A New Grilled Chicken Sandwich image courtesy of CFA Properties, Inc.

It’s Finally Happening: The Veronica Mars Movie! + DVD Giveaway

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED! The winner his Comment #5/Desiree H. CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you to everyone who participated. ***

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to offer a Warner Bros. Veronics Mars DVD Giveaway in promotion of the new Veronica Mars film, opening in select theaters on March 14, 2014. I am not receiving any compensation or product in return for hosting this giveaway.

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Veronica Mars on TV
Veronica Mars hit TV screens on September 22, 2004. Loved it! My husband and I were loyal fans of the show … right up until it ended in May, 2007. (That was before our daughter was born, when it was just the two of us and we actually watched TV!)

What about you? Are you a Veronica Mars fan? Take the Veronica Mars: Purity Test Marshmallow Super-fan Trivia and find out. Test your Veronica Mars knowledge with all three levels of super-fan trivia, and find out if you are the ultimate Marshmallow:

Veronica Mars (The Film): A Record-breaking Kickstarter Campaign
Fans weren’t happy when the show was cancelled. Fans wanted more Veronica Mars, and so did Screenwriter Rob Thomas. In the Spring of 2014, Thomas created a Veronica Mars Campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for The Veronica Mars Movie Project — an effort that became a multiple record-breaking campaign!
— Fastest project to reach $1 million.
— Fastest project to reach $2 million.
— All-time highest-funded project in FILM category.
— Third highest-funded project in Kickstarter history.
— Most project backers of any project in Kickstarter history, passing 87,143.

DID YOU KNOW? The Veronica Mars Kickstarter Campaign reached its $2 million goal in less than ten hours!

Veronica Mars, circa 2014
Thanks to such amazing fan support, on March 14, 2014 Veronica Mars: The Film was released in select theaters across the US! Here is where we pick up Veronica Mars during the 2014 film …

THE PLOT: On the eve of graduating from law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune, CA and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. At least, that’s what she thinks! While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Needless to say, Veronica heads back to Neptune, but just to help Logan find an attorney. When things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is being handled, however, Veronica finds herself pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.

Haven’t seen it in the theater yet? Here is a first look — The Official Veronica Mars SDCC Sneak Peek:

*** GIVEAWAY *** GIVEAWAY *** GIVEAWAY ***

Veronica Mars DVD ImageWill you be the one lucky WDTB reader to win a Veronica Mars DVD? (**NOTE: Prize will ship after the DVD release date, estimated to be May 2014.) Enter and find out!

How to Enter:
— Take the 3 levels of “Purity Test: Marshmallow Super-Fan Trivia” and post your results as a comment below to be counted as a giveaway entry.
— Tweet your answer to this question: “What is your personal favorite Veronica Mars TV series memory?” Reply to @WhatsDoingTampa on twitter with #VeronicaMarsMovie (Then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you tweeted to count as an entry into the giveaway!)
— Tweet: “I entered the Veronica Mars DVD Giveaway @WhatsDoingTampa #VeronicaMarsMovie” (Then come back here and leave a comment letting me know you tweeted to count as an entry into the giveaway!)

Fine Print: Each household is only eligible to win one (1) Veronica Mars DVD. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No purchase is necessary to enter. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the United States and Canada. The contest period ends on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before a new winner will be selected. The winner, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. To be fair, comments that don’t meet these requirements, false entries, or duplicate comments will be deleted and not count as entries in this giveaway. Warner Bros. is responsible for shipping the prize to the winner. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS; No P.O. Boxes, please. **All prize packs will ship after the DVD release date ETA May 2014. Please allow 6-8 weeks for prize to be delivered after the DVD release date. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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Veronica Mars Blog App and Veronica Mars DVD images were provided by Warner Bros.
The Veronica Mars Movie Project Kickstarter Campaign facts and Veronica Mars with Camera image are from The Veronica Mars Movie Project page on Kickstarter.

Be Heart Healthy in Tampa Bay: Family Fun & Food

This post is sponsored by Campbell Soup Company. Any opinions expressed are my own honest opinions.

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I love being a mom. I also love getting out and doing things with my girl. Hence, this blog, which is all about cool things for parents and their kids to do together in Tampa Bay. When the school day is done or the weekend comes, we push away the TV and tech in favor of heading out on the town in search of new activities and family fun. Here are five ways our family like to stay active in Tampa Bay in the spring:

Fit Kids Playground Playin' in the Park FlyerFIT KIDS PLAYGROUND: Playin’ in the Park
On the first Tuesday of each month from April through August, bring the kids to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Downtown Tampa for an afternoon of healthy family fun (2-6 p.m.). Best of all, it’s FREE! Each month, will feature new activities and guests. And as always, Hula Hoops, jump ropes, bubbles and balls will be available for all kids to play with and enjoy. 2014 dates include:
— Tuesday, April 1
— Tuesday, May 6
— Tuesday, June 3
— Tuesday, July 1
— Tuesday, August 5

Learn more about Fit Kids Playground: Playin’ in the Park.

Even Better! Occurring on the same day and time each month is Target Tuesday at Glazer Children’s Museum (Located on the north end of Curtis Hixon Park), where families can play in the interactive, hands-on museum. The first Tuesday of each month families can enjoy FREE admission to the Museum from 2-7 pm for both kids and adults. Special character appearances take place at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on these days:
— April 1: Super Why & Pinwheels for Prevention
— May 6: TBA
— June 3: Arthur

Learn more about Target Tuesdays.

YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY
This year, Healthy Kids Day is Saturday, April 26, 2014. More than 1,500 Y’s across the country will hole FREE community events filled with fun, active play and educational opportunities.
— Tampa Metropolitan YMCA: Sign up for the Healthy Kids Day Newsletter for tips on keeping kids active and healthy, and stay top of of local community events.
— YMCA of the Suncoast: Find out what’s happening on their Calendar of Events.

Storybook Forest 2014 FlyerSTORYBOOK FOREST
Each year the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties celebrates Children’s Week with a children’s book-themed event in Crews Lake Wilderness Park (16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills, FL 34610). This year Storybook Forest will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Bring the kids to participating in fun, educational activities and crafts that pay homage to some of their favorite stories, enjoy children’s entertainment and music, and meet some cool characters:
— Clifford the Big Red Dog
— Super Why
Strawberry— Curious George
— The Man in the Yellow Hat
… and more friends.

Learn more about Storybook Forest 2014.

STRAWBERRY U-PICK
The 2014 strawberry u-pick season has arrived. Get ready to pick some berries, a super heart-healthy snack! Tampa Bay offers several farms where families can pick their own fresh, sweet strawberries:
Spivey Farms (Plant City, FL): Open now for Strawberry u-pick!
Favorite Farms (Dover, FL): Generally opens?middle?to?late?March. Call the farm at (813) 986-3949 for more information.
Fancy Farms 7th Annual Spring 4-H Strawberry U-pick will take place from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, rain or shine. $0.50 per quart, no limit. For more information, call 4-H at (813) 744-5519, ext. 54132

Campbell's Kitchen Logo
Play Hard, Eat Healthy
Being heart-healthy isn’t just about getting out and moving, though. It’s also about eating a healthy family dinner when you get back home. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. My husband and I are always on the lookout for new, easy meal ideas. Here are five American Heart Association Certified Recipes to inspire us to sit down to dinner:

1. Grilled Bruschetta Chicken: Sometimes I feel like all we eat is chicken, so we are always in search of a new way to present this dinner-table regular:

2. Creamy Chicken & Vegetables over Spaghetti Squash: Although my 6-year-old isn’t a big fan of squash, she loves spaghetti squash … I guess because it reminds her of one of her favorite foods: spaghetti!

3. Creamy Turkey & Vegetable Lasagna: This may surprise you, but my daughter also loves casseroles. Go figure! I like them because they are easy to put together before her class and have ready in the oven when we get home.

4. Tilapia & Vegetable Casserole: I often find myself saying that we need to add more fish into our dinner repetoire, so an easy fish and vegetable casserole would be the perfect fit for our busy family schedule.

5. Turkey Meatloaf: Meatloaf is my favorite, but I never make it at home because it’s so unhealthy. (I usually save it for a restaurant splurge.) A guilt-free, heart healthy meatloaf recipe is just what I was looking for!

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Green Apple with Heart image courtesy of rakratchada torsap / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Playin’ in the Park Flyer courtesy of Fit Kids Playground
Storybook Forest 2014 Flyer image courtesy of the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties
Strawberry image: Keattikorn / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Recipe images and Campbell’s Kitchen Logo courtesy of Campbell Soup Company and the American Heart Association

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