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

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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

Spring Break GIVEAWAY: Win an Unlimited Jump Spring Break Pass to AirHeads

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED! The winner is Comment #1/Ashley. CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you to everyone who participated! ***

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to give away one Unlimited Jump Spring Break Pass to AirHeads in return for sharing with you their extended Spring Break hours and letting you know about their first-ever Twitter contest. In return, I am also receiving a pass. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own based on my family’s experience playing at AirHeads.

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AirHeads March FlyerSpring Break is nearly upon us!
— Hillsborough County: March 10-14, 2014
— Pasco County: March 17-21, 2014
— Pinellas County: March 24-28, 2014

If your family is staying in town, those days can become long as the kids transition from being entertained all day at school to, “Mom, I’m bored.” To help parents and keep the kids active, AirHeads has special extended Spring Break hours, making their Unlimited Jumping even more unlimited!

Whether it’s too hot, too rainy, or you just need to get the kids out of the house, make a break for your nearest AirHeads location and take advantage of their Spring Break Extended Hours:

AIRHEADS TAMPA (Download the AirHeads Tampa March Flyer PDF)
— March 10-13: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
— March 14: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Teen Night: 9-11 p.m.)
— March 17-20: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
— March 21: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Teen Night: 9-11 p.m.)
— March 24-27: 12-10 p.m.
— March 28: 12-9 p.m. (Teen Night: 9-11 p.m.)
— March 31: 12-10 p.m.

AIRHEADS ST.PETE/CLEARWATER (Download the AirHeads St. Pete/Clearwater March Flyer PDF)
— March 10-13: 12-9 p.m.
— March 14: 12-9 p.m. (Teen Night: 9-11 p.m.)
— March 17-20: 12-9 a.m.
— March 21: 12-9 p.m. (Teen Night: 9-11 p.m.)
— March 24-27: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
— March 28: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Teen Night: 9-11 p.m.)

Kids can literally spend all day jumping with friends, while parents can take advantage of the FREE wi-fi. And don’t worry about lunch; AirHeads offers a variety of food and drink options, including Kids Meals.

#FreeJump4Life FlyerAsterikAirHeads #FreeJump4Life Twitter Contest
In addition to this giveaway, AirHeads is launching their first-ever Twitter contest on Wednesday, March 12. The contest will run Wednesday, March 12-Sunday, March 16. Follow AirHeads on Twitter @AirHeadsUSA and Tweet with the hashtag #JumpFree4Life as many times as you want because each time is an entry! One person will win the ultimate prize — FREE jumping FOR LIFE for themselves and one friend — PLUS, a FREE Fly Birthday Party! Download the #JumpFree4Life Flyer to learn more.

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To help make one WDTB Mom or Dad even happier this Spring Break, AirHeads would like to give one lucky reader one FREE Unlimited Jump Spring Break Pass to AirHeads! This is a one-week unlimited jump pass to the AirHeads location of your choice — either Tampa or St. Pete/Clearwater.

Here’s how to enter:
1) Leave a comment below answering the question: how do you like to unplug?
2) Tweet “I entered to win an Unlimited Jump Spring Break Pass to AirHeads! @AIRHEADSUSA @WhatsDoingTampa” Then, come back to this page and leave a comment letting me know you tweeted.

IMPORTANT: Leave a SEPARATE COMMENT for each action to qualify as a separate entry! (Maximum of 2 comments/entries per person)

The Fine Print: A maximum of 2 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 Friday, March 7, 2013 at 11:59 a.m. NOON 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 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!). The winner will be responsible for picking up the passes up at their AirHeads location. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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AirHeads Logo image courtesy of AirHeads Trampoline Arena
AirHeads Tampa March flyer image courtesy of AirHeads Trampoline Arena
AirHeads St. Pete/Clearwater March Flyer courtesy of AirHeads Trampoline Arena
#FreeJumpforLife Flyer courtesy of AirHeads Trampoline Arena

GIVEAWAY: iparent.tv 1-Year Subscription ($49 value)

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED! ***

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to offer an iparent.tv 1-Year Subscription Giveawy in promotion of iparent.tv. In return for hosting this giveaway, participating bloggers are entitled to receive a 1-year subscription to iparent.tv. Any opinions are those of iparent.tv.

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NOTE: iparent.tv is set to launch in June 2014. Currently iparent.tv has a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.

What is iparent.tv?
Do your kids spend a lot of time on a smartphone, in front of a smart tv, downloading apps, or posting to social networks? iparent.tv is a way to help parents understand what your children are doing on these media platforms. iParent.TV will be a yearly, subscription-based website for teaching and informing parents on all things tech — from mobile devices and apps to websites and social media — for kids.

Safeguard Your Kids Against Tech or Social Media Dangers
DID YOU KNOW? 58% of kids age 10-12 believe they know how to hide their online activities from their parents. And 46% of them said they would change their online behavior if they knew their parents were paying attention.

iParent.TV strives to keep parents ahead of the tech curve by helping parents to understand, get involved and safeguard their children in the ever-evolving tech World. iParent.TV educates parents with all the latest trends on vebsites, social media, apps and devices.

The idea
iparent.tv started with a group of dads who felt like their 9-year-olds knew more about tech than they did. Their idea will help change that forever for all parents. Once launched, iParent.TV will have hundreds of videos and product reviews that are current and cutting edge to keep parents who subscribe ahead of the tech curve.

How will iparent.tv work?
The iParent.TV website will be a subscription-based site with an annual fee of $49 per year for parents to access all the videos, reviews, how-tos, and live chat support. It will be the largest site on the net helping parents understand what’s safe and what’s not in the world of tech. And they are offering it for only $29 on Indiegogo.

What you will find on the site is articles, videos, reviews, tips, tools and expert advice on …
- Popular Apps
- Social Network Sites
- Major Websites
- Top Devices

Learn about iparent.tv, the idea and the people behind iparent.tv:

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One WDTB reader will win a 1-year subscription to iparent.tv (a $49 value). The subscription will include a password and login to the site and access to articles, news, information on what’s new in the world of tech and how it affects your family. There will be ratings, rankings on which platforms are safe for kids and age ranges so you know if a site is safe for very young children. (IMPORTANT: Before entering this giveaway, please understand that iparent.tv is currently set to launch in June 2014; Prize delivery is contingent upon the site launching, and timing of your prize 1-year subscription will depend on the actual website launch date.)

How to Enter:
Simply leave a comment about what you feel will be most beneficial to parents about the iparent.tv platform.

IMPORTANT: Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Subscription to iparent.tv 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.

Fine Print: Each household is only eligible to win one (1) Subscription to iparent.tv via blog reviews and giveaways. 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. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Not 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, March 7, 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. iparent.tv is responsible for providing the prize to the winner. iparent.tv is currently set to launch in June 2014; the prize subscription will include a password and login to the site once the site launches. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

TV image: digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Images provided by iparent.tv.

Warner Bros. Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to offer a Warner Bros. Valentine’s Day Giveawy in promotion of Warner Home Entertainment. I am not receiving any compensation or product in return for hosting this giveaway.

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*** This giveaway is now CLOSED. The winner is Comment #4: Jennifer Madigan. CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you to everyone who participated! ***

February is the one month of the year where everyone has love on their minds! It’s can be romantic, it can be love for your children or parents, or you could just be a movie lover! Whatever it is that you love, this February Warner Bros. has you covered with some amazing DVDs perfect for the whole family!

Who is Your Cartoon Crush?
Everyone has had a crush at some point in their lives, but do you know who your cartoon crush is? Is it Scooby-Doo? Charlie Brown? or maybe Bugs Bunny? Find out who you would be romantically perfect with!

Write a funny or romantic poem to your special someones using this free Valentine’s Day printable:

Valentine’s Day Recipes!
When I think of movie night, the first thing I want to know is … What are the snacks? Here are three easy and fun recipe’s perfect for your Valentine!

Grab the kids and get cooking up some Valentine’s Day snacks using these recipes:

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Check out the Warner Bros. Valentines Day Blog App and enter to win a copy of one of the following titles (chosen at random). One lucky WDTB reader will win!

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Deluxe Edition
A Charlie Brown Valentine
Bugs Bunny’s Cupid Capers
Happiness is … Peanuts: Friends Forever
Elmo Loves You
Looney Tunes Pepe Le Pew Collection
Scooby-Doo! 13 Spooky Tales: For The Love Of Snack

How to Enter:
1. Take the Who Is Your Cartoon Crush Quiz? and post your favorite as a comment below for a giveaway entry.
2. Tweet using the #WBValentine hashtag to let your audience know about this awesome giveaway! Include @WhatsDoingTampa so I know you tweeted!

IMPORTANT: Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Valentines Day DVD (chosen at random) 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.

Fine Print: Each household is only eligible to win one (1) Valentines Day DVD [CHOSEN AT RANDOM]. 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. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Not 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 Wednesday, February 19, 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. Please allow 6-8 weeks for prize to be delivered. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

Valentine’s Day heart icon image courtesy of photoraidz / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Images were provided by Warner Bros.

Flash Ticket GIVEAWAY: How About a Moms Night of Pampering?!

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED! The winner is … Comment #9/Parri (Her Royal Thighness). CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you to everyone who participated. ***

Tampa Bay Moms Group Moms Night Out LogoTime: 7-10 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Location: J. Joseph Salon & Spa
Cost: $35/ticket (includes admission, 1 beverage, swag bag, entry into the giveaways, salon services and more)
Register/Info: steffany813@tampabaymomsgroup.com; Moms Night of Pampering Tickets

What’s Doing?
Become a VIP for the night and enjoy some pampering yourself. You deserve it!
— Hair Station
— Makeup Station
— Manicure Station
— Massage/Facial Station
— Swag Bags
— Giveaways
— Photo Session
— Vendors
— Hors d’oeuvres and drinks

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Tampa Bay Moms Blog is giving one WDTB Mom two (2) tickets to enjoy a Moms Night of Pampering with a friend!

How to Enter:
— Leave a comment below letting us know how you would spend an extra hour in the day!
— Tweet about this giveaway: “I just entered to win a #Moms Night of Pampering! @WhatsDoingTampa @TampaBayMomsGrp”

*** IMPORTANT: Please be sure to leave a separate comment ON THIS PAGE for each action you perform. Only comments left on this page will be counted as entries, and each comment will count as a single entry. ***

Fine Print: No purchase is necessary to enter. A maximum of two entries per person will be accepted. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. 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. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the continental U.S. ONLY. The contest period ends on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. One (1) 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. This giveaway is sponsored by Tampa Bay Moms Group; The name of the winner will be on a list at the door during the event. Tickets must be claimed by February 17, 2014 and the winner will need to provide their name and reserve their services for the event with Tampa Bay Moms Group in advance. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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Address:
J. Joseph Salon & Spa
5132 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639

Girl Being Pampered at a Spa image courtesy of Craftyjoe / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Moms Night Out Logo image courtesy of Tampa Bay Moms Group

Treat Yourself to Custom Printing: PrintKEG $50 Printing GIVEAWAY (3 Winners!)

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to the winners:
— Comment #15: Bernadette C.
— Comment #12: Emily B.
— Comment #8/ Regina Hord
Thank you to everyone who participated! ***

Disclaimer: PrintKEG offered to give a FREE $50 coupon code to me and three (3) WDTB readers in return for letting you know about their printing services. The information regarding PrintKEG printing options was provided by PrintKEG. Any opinions expressed are my own.

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PrintKEG Custom T-shirt Printing

Create a custom T-shirt for your family

Small-quantity Custom Printing?
• Do you have a special photo you want to put on canvas?
• Are you looking to create a unique birthday invitation or baby announcement?
• Do you want to print custom T-shirts for a special family trip or occasion?

Allow Me Introduce You to PrintKeg …
PrintKEG prints custom flyers, posters/canvas, t-shirts, stickers, invitations, announcements, business cards, and much more. Create your own unique design to send to PrintKEG for printing. Or if you are looking for invitations and announcements or T-shirts, you can choose from a variety of PrintKEG designs. Here are some highlights:

T-shirts: Choose from a variety of shirt styles and colors for men, women and kids, and order small family-sized quantities. Add your own, custom design or choose a predesigned PrintKEG image, then personalize the text.

PrintKEG Baby Announcement DesignCards/Invitations/Announcements: Create a one-of-a-kind baby shower invitation or birth announcement, birthday invitation, and much more. PrintKEG allows you to upload your own design, or choose one of theirs.

PrintKEG Canvas PrintingCanvas: Have an extra-special photo printed on canvas. You can choose to have it sent to you rolled for framing at home, or as a stretched canvas, ready to hang when it arrives.

But that’s not all they can print. Check out everything you can get printed at PrintKEG!

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For a chance to try PrintKEG for yourself, enter to win … it’s easy!

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PrintKEG has generously offered to give three (3) WDTB readers a $50 credit on any printing purchase at PrintKEG.

How to Enter:
— Leave a comment below letting us know how you would use a $50 PrintKEG credit!
— Tweet about this giveaway: “I just entered to win $50 from PrintKEG! @WhatsDoingTampa @printkeg”

*** IMPORTANT: Please be sure to leave a separate comment ON THIS PAGE for each action you perform. Only comments left on this page will be counted as entries, and each comment will count as a single entry. ***

Fine Print: No purchase is necessary to enter. A maximum of two entries per person will be accepted. Only responses that conform to the above requirements and are posted on THIS PAGE will count as official entries in this giveaway. 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. This giveaway is open to anyone age 18 and older residing in the continental U.S. ONLY. The contest period ends on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Three (3) winners 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 winners, once confirmed, will be announced at the top of this post. This giveaway is sponsored by PrintKEG; What’s Doing? Tampa Bay will e-mail a coupon code to each winner. Prize will be sent via e-mail. Please allow 1-2 week for prize to be delivered. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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PrintKEG logo image courtesy of PrintKEG

Tampa Special Ops Spartan Sprint & 15% Off Discount Code + GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win a FREE 2014 Reebok Spartan Race Code

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED! The winner is … Comment #3/Haley @ Running with diapers. Thank you to everyone who participated! Even if you didn’t win, you can still take advantage of the 15% Off code. ***

Disclaimer: Spartan Race Inc. offered to give a FREE race code to one WDTB reader in return for letting you know about this race. I am not receiving any compensation for this post. I am not affiliated with this race in any way, nor have I participated in this race. The race details and images below were provided to me by Spartan Race Inc.

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Time: Starting at 8 a.m., waves of 200 athletes will be released every 15 minutes (YOUR exact start time in the group you registered for will be posted here a few days prior to event date); Spartan Kids’ heats goes off between 12-1 p.m.
Date: February 15, 2014
Location: Raymond James Stadium
Cost: FREE for spectators; Racers Pricing Schedule: $90 until January 17, $95 until January 31, or $100 until registration closes on February 12 (NOTE: Military and First responders can apply for a $30 discount during registration and Students can apply for a $10 discount during registration; see link for details); Spartan Kids: Pre-Register: $25, Day of Event Registration: $30; Parking: $10/car (use their Facebook wall to set up carpooling)
Register/Info: Tampa Spartan Race™ Web Page

What’s Doing?
Special Ops Spartan Sprint distance will be approximately 4 miles give or take a few extra special forces surprises! This Sprint will be a mix of mud and gnarly outdoor obstacles combined with the challenge of the signature Spartan stadium obstacles all with maneuvers and strategy created by Special Ops Forces. Each finisher will receive a unique Special Ops Spartan Sprint Medal with bragging rights of accomplishing the most unique Spartan event.

Deal Typography-small15% Off Discount Code:
Use this link to generate a code for 15% off any Spartan Race!

Spartan Race is not only limited to adult fun!
Their mission is to inspire children to develop a love for fitness at an early age. So, bring your kids (age 4-13) to participate in their own Jr. Spartan Race.

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Spartan Kids’ heats goes off between 12-1 p.m.
Pre-Register: $25; Day of Event Registration: $30

Kids will enjoy the thrill of the run, a variety of scaled down obstacles, and their own mini festival area filled with games and children’s challenges. The course is approximately 1?2 mile filled with junior obstacles for Jr. Spartans, and 1 mile for Varsity Spartans. Each child will receive a T-shirt and Finisher’s Medal with 100% of the Jr. Spartan Adventure proceeds benefiting the Kids Fit Foundation.

Address:
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607


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One lucky WDTB reader will receive a FREE race code good for any US 2014 Spartan Race! (NOTE: This free race code will only work for the adult race.)

How to Enter:
Leave a comment below with your favorite healthy meal.

Fine Print: No purchase is necessary to enter. A maximum of one entry per person will be accepted. 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. ONLY. The contest period ends on Wednesday, January 15, 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. This giveaway is sponsored by Spartan Race Inc.; What’s Doing? Tampa Bay will e-mail the race code to the winner. Prize will be sent via e-mail. Please allow 1 week for prize to be delivered. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

Reebok Spartan Race images courtesy of Spartan Race Inc.

Group Gifting is Easy with HipChip

Disclaimer: HipChip is a sponsored campaign offered through the Tampa Bay Bloggers. I have been compensated with a HipChip gift card for my review and promotion of this product. All opinions are my own based on my research of this product.

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HipChip logoOrganize a Group Teacher Gift! Dare We?
I was just having this discussion last week with three other moms from my daughter’s class. Do we want to attempt organizing a group gift for the teacher? How do we get everyone informed and involved? How do we choose a gift everyone will approve of? What is the best way to collect money from everyone?

Honestly, it’s is a daunting task.

Then I was offered through Tampa Bay Bloggers to let you all know about HipChip, and it was like I’d had an epiphany! The solution to this seemingly insurmountable task was suddenly so obvious.

What HipChip Is. What HipChip Does.
HipChip is a FREE application gift-givers can use anytime a group gift is being purchased to make group gifting easier. Users can choose gift cards from 36 well-recognized companies, including Barnes & Noble, Chili’s, GameStop, Gander Mtn., Gap, The Home Depot, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Regal Cinemas, The Cheesecake Factory, 1-800-Flowers.com and more. Within the application, the gift organizer sets up the gift by providing the gift details, receiver, delivery date, contribution suggestions, and e-mail address for those in your group.

Then, HipChip handles the rest:
— Through HipChip, you will send an e-mail invitation to all the parents in your child’s class (or all the gift givers in your group)
— HipChip will send out an e-mail reminder 3 days after the original invitation is sent and 1 day before the gift closes
— HipChip will accept payments online, safeguards the money, and keeps individual donations private
— HipChip will pool the collected contributions together and prepare the gift card for e-mail delivery to the gift’s organizer

No Worries.
HipChip is FREE to use with no hidden fees or service charges. Rather, HipChip receives a commission from the retailer each time they sell one of their gift cards. The application is flexible enough that each person in your group can give a different amount, and contributions are kept private from the group, so the only person who can see what each person gives is the gift organizer. But if no one else joins your gift, don’t worry … you can cancel your order for a 100% refund with no questions asked. Read more HipChip FAQs.

In a nutshell, HipChip relieves many of the stresses involved with organizing a group teacher gift.

Even Better! The gift cards have no expiration date, and they can be reprinted if lost.

HipChip Works for All Kinds of Groups
While HipChip is ideal for classes to use to give group gift cards to teachers, it’s also a great way to for teams to give gift cards to their coaches, coworkers to chip in together for gift cards to colleagues or bosses, far-away family members to go in on a group anniversary gift … in fact, any group can use HipChip to give gift cards to anyone, for any reason.

Try HipChip! Win a Pizza Party?
HipChip Facebook Pizza Party PromotionNow through December 31, 2013, HipChip is encouraging parents to try the program by offering a chance to win a $50 Domino’s Pizza Gift Card for your child’s class. HipChip is giving a pizza party to the first three classrooms in each state that use HipChip to give a gift to their teacher this holiday season. If your classroom is one of the first three in your state to start a gift for your teacher, HipChip will give you a $50 gift card to Domino’s. Learn more about how to Win a Pizza Party from HipChip, including the terms and conditions.

What do you think about HipChip? Will you give it a try?

Check it out for yourself. HipChip can be found in all your favorite online spaces — Facebook, Twitter (@hipchipgifts), Pinterest, Instagram.

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HipChip Facebook Pizza Party Promotion box image courtesy of HipChip
HipChip platforms image courtesy of HipChip

Movie Magic GIVEAWAY: Build Your Blu-ray Collection This Holiday!

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED. Out winner is … Comment #10/Jonie. CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you to everyone who participated. ***

Disclosure: Blu-ray provided the information and images included in this post, and in return I am able to offer you this giveaway opportunity. I am not receiving any compensation or product.

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This Holiday, rediscover the magic behind your favorite movies.
Did You Know? Blu-ray is offering exclusive bonus features that give you behind-the-scenes access to all of the magic — special effects, interviews, alternative endings, unreleased scenes, bloopers and more. Get a taste of that behind-the-scenes magic with the Blu-ray Movie Magic Blog App. Mouse over each of the GIF squares and click to view a behind-the-scenes clip exclusively from that film’s Blu-ray special features. Then, learn about the next generation of Blu-ray — what’s next for Blu-ray in 2014 … and beyond!

Films at Your Fingertips GraphicOptions, Options, Options
With a Blu-ray combo pack, you can enjoy your favorite film in high-definition whenever and wherever you want. Keep the Blu-ray disc in the living room, the DVD in the car, and the digital copy on your portable media for when you’re on the go.

They also make a perfect stocking stuffer your favorite movie lover. Add a bag of gourmet popcorn and their favorite movie experience candy, and let them know Santa really does know what they love!

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

Thanks to Blu-ray, one lucky WDTB reader will win one (1) of the following titles chosen at random from the list below:
The Little Mermaid – Diamond Edition
The Lone Ranger
Monsters University
Angels Sing
Rise of The Guardians
Despicable Me 2
Turbo
Grown Ups 2
Wizard of Oz 3D
The Wolverine
Star Trek: Into Darkness
White House Down
Fast 6
Pacific Rim
After Earth
Man of Steel
Red 2
World War Z
2 Guns
Weeds: The Complete Collection
Predator 3D

How to Enter:
— Leave a comment below letting us know which Blu-ray would you would most love to find in your stocking this holiday.
— TWEET the following: “I just entered the Blu-ray #MovieMagic GIVEAWAY @WhatsDoingTampa”
— Leave a comment letting me know your favorite item on my Holiday Gifts Guide
— Visit WDTB on Facebook and leave a comment

Leave a separate comment below for each action to count as an entry in this giveaway. Only comments that conform to the requirements above and are left on this page will count as official entries in this giveaway.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Each household is only eligible to win ONE Movie Magic Title 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.

Even Finer Print: No purchase is necessary to enter. A maximum of four entries per person will be accepted. 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. ONLY. Each household is only eligible to win ONE Movie Magic Title 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. The contest period ends on Thursday, December 12, 2013 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. Blu-ray is responsible for shipping the prize to the winner. Prize will be sent via FedEx or UPS; No P.O. Boxes, please. Please allow 6-8 weeks for prize to be delivered. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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Films at Your Fingertips graphic and blog app included in this post were provided by Blu-ray.

Tampa Bay Moms Blog Mom’s Night Out + Flash Ticket GIVEAWAY

*** This giveaway is now CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS to our ticket winner … Comment #4/Deirdre. There is still time to order tickets online so you can join in the fun! ***

Tampa Bay Moms Blog Mom's Night Out FlyerTime: 7-9 p.m.
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013
Location: A. Haley Boutique
Cost: $15/person (includes 1 raffle ticket & Swag Bag); Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for 10 for $10 (purchase online when you buy your ticket)
Info: Purchase your Mom’s Night Out tickets online

What’s Doing?
Tampa Bay Moms Blog will hold their first-ever Moms Night Out, hosted at A. Haley Boutique and presented by The Baby Sitter Swap. Mom … treat yourself to some shopping, wine, delicious desserts by Sweet Tooth Cakery, food, a chair massage by Hand & Stone Massage, mini makeup sessions by Beauty by NV, giveaways, swag bags and — most importantly — time to connect with local Tampa Bay Moms moms!

In addition to one FREE raffle ticket and a cool swag bag, your admission ticket will also entitle you to take 15% off discount of all purchases from A. Haley Boutique during the event and a FREE gift with $100 purchase.

NOTE: All attendees must be 21 years of age, and identification will be asked for at the door.

Address:
A. Haley Boutique
128B South Westshore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609

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

Tampa Bay Moms Blog is graciously offering to send one WDTB mom to their Mom’s Night Out event for FREE! Enjoy a wonderful, well-deserved night of treats and pampering with new friends. To make this even better, the winner will receive TWO TICKETS, so you can enjoy all this with a friend!

How to Enter:
— Leave a comment below telling us when the last time was that you took some time out for yourself.
— Visit the Tampa Bay Moms Blog Facebook Page and let them know WDTB sent you.
— TWEET: “I entered to win a FREE ticket to Tampa Bay Moms Blog Mom’s Night Out Dec 7 @WhatsDoingTampa @TBMomsBlog @babysitterswap #TBMBMOMSNIGHT”

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

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, December 5, 2013 at 12 p.m. EST. One winner will be selected at random using random.org and notified by e-mail; the winner will have until 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013 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 (I will check to verify your tweet!). The winner’s name will be left at the door the night of the event. Prize is not redeemable for cash and must be accepted as-is.

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