Thursday, January 18, 2018

MY REVIEW OF BUSCH GARDENS 2018

I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. 


Hello all,

I recently received free tickets to Busch Gardens in exchange for a review on my day there. I was happy to have this opportunity. Though I have been to Busch Gardens many, many times, I have yet to visit the park during the cooler months, when hopefully there would be shorter lines. It took no time at all for us to park, catch the shuttle, get through security, and through the gates to enjoy our day. I noticed right away, most of the ride lines were short. It was a great time to go!



MY REVIEW OF BUSCH GARDENS 2018


I noticed the park had changed since I was last here. We started off in Egypt. Gone were the sand pits, and the walk through exhibit about mummies. It looks like they made the area smaller, but with one awesome new addition. They had a new coaster, The Cobra's Curse. On it you go on a vertical lift, spin backwards and forwards, and through an Egyptian archelogical excavation. It looked thrilling, but  we weren't brave enough to try it this time.




MY REVIEW OF BUSCH GARDENS 2018




Next we ventured to Pantopia for one of my daughters favorite rides, but alas, it was not longer there, The Sandstorm. So we decided then to try our luck at some water rides, braving the chilly Monday afternoon temperatures. So we hustled over to Stanleyville. No waiting at all for The Staley Falls Log Flume. My daughter promptly went through the ride in no time. That one is always a favorite on sunny warm days, the drop to the bottom is always wet and awesome! Next up, time to head for The Congo!



MY REVIEW OF BUSCH GARDENS 2018




The Congo River Rapids always guarantees for a fun time. Just the right amount of excitement and fun for someone such as I who isn't fond of the coasters. And of course you usually get a little wet. But this time, I remembered my rain poncho, so I stayed happily dry! But it is a great ride to be on when the weather is hot. This has always been a family favorite.



After looking through some of the stores and stopping to look at some friendly penguins, we were off to our last ride of the day, The Serengeti Express Train. It was a great time on the train. I have never seen so many animals out and about. We saw giraffes, zebras, and antelopes all walking up very close to the train. We even saw a rhino off in the distance, and many more animals. We even caught a great view of the Skylift! It made for some great pictures!



MY REVIEW OF BUSCH GARDENS 2018



MY REVIEW OF BUSCH GARDENS 2018




MY REVIEW OF BUSCH GARDENS 2018



We had an awesome day at Busch Gardens and I think you would too! It is located at 10165 N. Mckinley Dr., Tampa. Tickets are $89.99 ages 3 and up if purchased online, parking is $20.




Thursday, January 11, 2018

BE SUPER BOWL READY WITH THESE 4 FESTIVE DRINKS

Hello all,

Well, it's almost that time of the year again. Time to get together with friends, and wear your team's colors. It's no time like the present to start preparing for your SuperBowl parties.  In honor of this great time in sports history, I've posted some delicious festive SuperBowl drink recipes that are sure to please a SuperBowl party crowd:




1. Orange Bee Sting: This one is from the food network .

INGREDIENTS:
2 tbsp. honey
1 1/2 ounces orange liqueur
3 small dashes of bitters
12 ounces wheat beer
orange wedge for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
Dissolve the honey in 1 tbsp warm water.
Add bitters.
Top with beer and garnish with the orange.




BE SUPER BOWL READY WITH THESE 4  FESTIVE DRINKS - ORANGE BEE STING






2. Pale Ginger Shandy: This one is from the food network .

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup sugar
2 inch piece grated ginger
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 ounces club soda
12 ounce of India pale ale
Lemon or orange slices for garnish

DIRECTIONS:
Heat ginger, sugar and water in a pan to boil to melt the sugar.
Let cool and strain. This is the ginger syrup.
Mix 1/4 cup of the ginger syrup with the lemon juice, then add the club soda.
Pour into two glasses and divide the beer into each. Garnish with the lemon or orange.




BE SUPER BOWL READY WITH THESE 4  FESTIVE DRINKS - PALE GINGER SHANDY





3. The Team Captain: This one is from Captain Morgan .

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 ounce spiced rum
1 1/2 ounce orange juice
1/2 ounce sour mix
3 ounces lemon soda pop

DIRECTIONS:
Combine ingredients in a glass with ice and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge.




BE SUPER BOWL READY WITH THESE 4  FESTIVE DRINKS - THE TEAM CAPTAIN






4. Wine Superbowl Punch: This one is from Fox News .

INGREDIENTS:
1 bottle Pinot Noir
1 cup of sparkling wine
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1 cup of sliced strawberries and blackberries
2 sliced oranges
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup sugar

DIRECTIONS:
Combine all of the ingredients and chill for 24 hours. Serve with ice and garnish with fruit.





BE SUPER BOWL READY WITH THESE 4  FESTIVE DRINKS - WINE SUPERBOWL PUNCH







Sunday, January 7, 2018

SHIVER ME TIMBERS IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR THE INCREDIBLE GASPARILLA PIRATE FESTIVAL

Hello all,

Well shiver me timbers, guess what time of year is it? It's almost time for the very popular Gasparilla Pirate Festival held in Tampa every year at this time. We are just a few weeks away, its scheduled to blast off on Saturday January 20th and 27th. But do you know why we celebrate Gasparilla?
The name comes from a pirate named Jose Gaspar who pirated Florida's waters during the late 18th, early 19th century. Thinking of disbanding, they decided on seizing one last ship. Little did they know the ship was a US Navy warship disguised. There was a deadly battle, ending with Jose Gaspar's death. In 1904 city officials adopted the event as a yearly citywide celebration. It wasn't till Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla members put on masks, and on horseback staged a fake pirate invasion. It was so popular it turned into the huge Gasparilla event we have today.

So what can you see and do during this widely popular festival? Here is a list of events with the festival starting at 11:30 am with the Gasparilla invasion.

The Children's Gasparilla Parade is a family friendly event featuring a parade, marching band, performers, and beads! It is on January 20th  from 3:30 - 6:00 and goes down Bay To Bay Boulevard to Edison Avenue.

The Pirate Fest starts with the Jose Gasparilla sailing into Tampa Bay firing off cannons at 11:30 am. This is the world's only fully rigged pirate ship. He will then dock at the Tampa Convention Center at 1:00 pm. This is when you will see the mayor handing over the key to the city. The parade starts at 2:00 pm. This is the nation's 3rd largest parade, with street performers, food and music. The parade features 103 floats this year and 3 marching bands. This year there will be even more stages set up for entertainment. This is a free event, but you buy reserved seating for $45-60.

The Gasparilla Distance Classic is an annual race that takes place February 24th. It starts at Brorein St. and Franklin St., at 6:45 am and benefits many charities in the bay area.

The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is a free art festival that takes place March 4-5 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

All of the events finally end with on Sunday March 4th at the Channelside Plaza when the mayor demands the return of the key to the city and the pirates returning to the sea. It  all winds up at 6:30 pm with a final cannon salute.

Keep in mind this event gets very crowded. It drew 300,000 people last year. So dress up like a pirate, have fun and be safe!


SHIVER ME TIMBERS IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR THE  INCREDIBLE GASPARILLA PIRATE FESTIVAL

Thursday, January 4, 2018

7 INCREDIBLY CHEAP AND FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA

Hello all,

There are so many things to do here in Florida. But many are so expensive. If you're on a budget like me, you are always looking for free or cheap fun things to do. I found 7 local places that your family will love! A few I have been to already and are well worth the trip. Enjoy:




1. FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDENS - The Gardens showcases and educates by showing flowers and fauna in motivational surroundings. It has 12 gardens in all and even has a butterfly garden. It is open most every day of the year and admission is free. It is located at 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo. (727)582-2100.



7 INCREDIBLY CHEAP AND FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA - FLORIDA BOTANICAL GARDENS




2. HERITAGE VILLAGE - This is a 21 acre open air living history museum. It has 31 historic structures to explore, some dating back to the 19th century. Admission is free. It is open Wed.-Sat. 10-4 pm, and on Sunday 1-4. It is located at 11909 125th St. N., Largo. (727)582-2123.




7 INCREDIBLY CHEAP AND FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA - HERITAGE VILLAGE





3. LEEPA RATTNER MUSEUM OF ART - This small museum has 8 galleries featuring art from Rattner, Leepa, and Ester Gentle. Admission is $7. They are open Tues-Sat from 10am to between 4-8 pm. Sunday it is open 1-5 pm. It is located at 600 Klosterman Rd., Tarpon Springs. (727)712-5762.




7 INCREDIBLY CHEAP AND  FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA - LEEPA RATTNER MUSEUM OF ART





4. AMERICAN VICTORY SHIP MUSEUM - You can come aboard and explore the entire ship with its 3 cargo holds, radio and gyro rooms, bridge, crew cabins, mess hall, wheelhouse, captain's quarters, and all of the other rooms you expect to see on a battleship. They even have rare artifacts, photos, and exhibits to see. This is one of my family's favorite places to watch fireworks from on the 4th of July during their Family Fest. Admission is $10 adults, $5 for children. It's open Sun-Mon- noon to 5pm. Tues-Sat from 10 am to 5 pm. It is located 705 Channelside Dr., Tampa. (813)228-8766.




I INCREDIBLY CHEAP AND FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA - AMERICAN VICTORY SHIP MUSEUM






5. WILDLIFE SURVIVAL SANCTUARY - I have been here many times. This place provides sanctuary to many exotic animals. They have tigers, leopards, cougars, deers. emus. ostriches, a pot bellied pig, and lemurs. They take donations for their tours that you have to call and set up in advance. All of the donations are used for the care of their animals. A great place to go with the kids! You need to call (352)797-4785 to schedule a tour. They are located at 18212 Booming Rd., Spring Hill.




7 INCREDIBLY CHEAP AND  FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA - WILDLIFE SURVIVAL SANCTUARY






6. TAMPA'S ELECTRIC MANATEE VIEWING CENTER - Many manatees seek out this area to stay warm in its discharge canal waters. Big Bends discharge canal is a federally designated manatee sanctuary.  They are open Nov.1st - April 15th. They have a rays touch tank, an observation tower, a boardwalk, and a habitat trail along with its viewing center. Admission is free and are open 10 am-5 pm daily. They are located at 6990 Dickman Rd., Apollo Beach. (813)228-4289.




7 INCREDIBLY CHEAP AND  FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA - TAMPA'S ELECTRIC MANATEE VIEWING CENTER







7. SUNCOAST PRIMATE SANCTUARY - This is a non profit sanctuary to housing over 100 animals including primates, reptiles, birds and more. It is a place where these animals can live out the rest of their lives, and it is run by volunteers. It has been in business for 50 years. Come take a tour and see all of their residents. They even have meet and greets with some of the animals. Admission is adults $10, $5 for kids. They are located at 4600 Alt Hwy 19, Palm Harbor.




7 INCREDIBLY CHEAP AND FUN THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA - SUNCOAST PRIMATE SANCTUARY

Sunday, December 31, 2017

5 AWESOME PLACES TO TAKE YOUR KIDS THIS WINTER BREAK

Hello all,

Looking for some fun activities to do with your kids for their winter break? Check out these fun things to do with your kiddos. These activities are in Tampa. There are many things to do there. I find myself there often. Here is a list of 5 incredibly awesome places to try!:

1. Nearby Beaches - First we should start with the most obvious reason people come to Florida, our beaches.  Fort DeSoto Park is a great one located in Tierra Verde on a barrier island. It is a 1136 acre park with a beautiful beach, campsites, two fishing piers and a historic fort. If you've never been, I recommend it, the fort is a site to see!
Clearwater beach is another tourist favorite. This was chosen as one of the best US beaches! It has sugar fine sand, a pier, and plenty of rentals for beach chairs and jet skis. Be forewarned though, this one is always crowded.
Another beach I should mention is Caladesi Island State Park located in Dunedin. You take a ferry to this one and they have a beautiful beach, a lookout tower, and a dock, and a three mile nature trail. Many come here to collect shells.



5  AWESOME PLACES TO TAKE YOUR KIDS THIS WINTER BREAK




2. Busch Gardens - This is definitely on everyone's to do list  here. This theme park, located in Tampa, boasts many popular roller coasters like Sheikra and the Cheetah Hunt, along with water rides and shows. And let's not forget the animals! It's hailed as one of the biggest zoos in North America with more than 12,000 animals representing 250 species.




5  AWESOME PLACES TO TAKE YOUR KIDS THIS WINTER BREAK




3. Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) Tampa - This is a not- for- profit science museum located in Tampa. It has IMAX movies, planetarium shows, ropes course, a zip line, and more than 400 hands on exhibits. The exhibits teaches us about how our bodies work, weather, the future and there is even a hands on children's science center.



5  AWESOME PLACES TO TAKE YOUR KIDS THIS WINTER BREAK




4. Florida Aquarium - This is an amazing aquarium and one of my local favorites. It boasts over 20,000 aquatic animals and plants. It is ranked one of the top 10 aquariums in the country. It showcases Florida's aquatic life and ecosystems. It has 8 large exhibits showcasing this, along with a children's splash pad, shows and add on behind the scenes adventures, a lot of fun!



5  AWESOME PLACES TO TAKE YOUR KIDS THIS WINTER BREAK




5. Lowry Park Zoo - This is a 63 acre zoo located in Tampa boasting 1200 animals. It has many animal interaction experiences like touching and feeding stingrays and lorikeets, a petting zoo, giraffes and giant tortoises. They have a splash play area, shows and many behind the scenes events like safaris and sleepovers. So much for the kids!



5  AWESOME PLACES TO TAKE YOUR KIDS THIS WINTER BREAK


While this is just a small list, Tampa has so much more. Got out and explore this wonderful city.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

6 AWESOME NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENTS IN FLORIDA

Hello all,

The end of the year is almost here and that means New Year's Eve events to look forward too. To many that is parties and celebrations. 2017 hasn't been the best year, and hopefully 2018 will be better for many. With that said here is a list of 6 awesome New Year's Eve events in Florida. Enjoy and have a safe one!




1. STARLITE NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORKS CRUISE - This event includes an open bar, souvenir photo, hors de'ouvers, food stations, desserts, a DJ, fireworks show, and a champagne toast at midnight. You have to be 21. They have 2 cruises, one out of Tampa, and one out of Clearwater. Price is $199.995 per adult. Tampa's is located at 603 Channelside. Clearwater's is at 25 Causeway Drive, slip #55.



2. LIGHT UP TAMPA BAY NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION AND BLOCK PARTY - This is Tampa Bays largest New Year's Eve celebration. This event is free and has a ball drop, fireworks display, two stages of entertainment, food and beverages, and a Tampa Bay Lightning watch party. The event starts at 7:00 pm at 615 Channelside Drive,  Channelside Plaza, Tampa.



3. FLORIDA AQUARIUMS AQUA EVE - You can celebrate New Year's Eve at the Florida Aquarium. They will have music, complimentary food, beer, wine, and a champagne toast. The event runs from 9:00 pm till 1:00 am and is at the Florida Aquarium at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Cost is $130



4. NEW YEARS EVE PARTY AT SHEPHARDS RESORT - They have live music and a DJ, ballroom drop, dancing and party favors. It all starts at 8:00 pm at 619 S. Gulfview Blvd. Clearwater. Cost is $35.



5. LIGHT UP CLEARWATER - This is a family friendly free fireworks event. It starts promptly at midnight at the Clearwater Beach at 429 Poinsettia Ave., Clearwater.




6. NEW YEARS EVE AT BUSCH GARDENS - At this New Year's Eve  event they will have the park open till 1:00 am. Special entertainment is scheduled to perform. Their is a ball drop and fireworks at the end of the night. The price is included in the regular daily admission of $104.99.




6 AWESOME NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENTS IN FLORIDA

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

MY REVIEW OF THE SELF INFLATING SLEEPING PAD BY SURVIVAL HAX

I received compensation  in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own



Hello all,

We love the outdoors here in Florida. How could you not with our beautiful weather. I know my family loves hiking. We can hike for hours. But sometimes, before heading back we just need to take a break. Or maybe you're having an impromptu stay over at a friends, or if you just need an instant place to hunker down for the night. I have the answer to your dilemma.

The Self Inflating Sleeping Pad by Survival Hax. It gives you a comfortable nights sleep anywhere. I tried it and it unrolls to a comfortable 70.8 x 19.6, more than enough to lay on comfortably. I love that it auto inflates. You just turn the nozzle, and adjust it to where you like it. Not enough, then you have the option to blow into and inflate it that way. I also like that it is light weight, less than 2 pounds. Makes it much easier to carry, especially since it rolls up small into its own carrying case, and slips nicely into any backpack.

It's also water resistant, which is nice in Florida's weather. This is a great product, I don't know what I did without! It's available through this link for $29.99  https://survivalhax.com/products/self-inflating-sleeping-pad . It makes a great gift. I know what I'm giving to my camping friends for Christmas!-
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MY REVIEW OF THE SELF INFLATING SLEEPING PAD BY SURVIVAL HAX




MY REVIEW OF THE SELF INFLATING SLEEPING PAD BY SURVIVAL HAX