Sunday, August 13, 2017

THE BEST SUMMERTIME RECIPE FOR KEY LIME PIE

Hello all,

When it's hot out, who doesn't like making delicious, light desserts. One dessert us Floridians love is our key lime pie . I ran across one that sounds both delicious and easy to make on epicurious.  Give it a try and enjoy:


INGREDIENTS:
For crust-

1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp sugar
5 tbsp melted butter

For filling-

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp fresh or bottled key lime juice

For topping-

3/4 cup heavy chilled cream


DIRECTIONS:
For crust-

Preheat oven to 350*.
Stir together graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar in a 9 inch pie plate, Mix well and press mixture evenly on the bottom and up the sides.
Bake crust in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes then remove and let cool. Keep oven on.

Make filling and bake the pie-

Whisk together eggs yolks and condensed milk in a bowl. Add juice and whisk till slightly thickened. Pour filling into crust and bake in middle of the oven for 15 minutes. Cool pie completely then chill for 8 hours. Filling will set as it cools.

Make topping-

Just before serving beat the cream in a bowl with an electric mixer till it holds stiff peaks. Top pie with cream and serve. Enjoy!


THE BEST SUMMERTIME RECIPE FOR KEY LIME PIE
















Tuesday, August 8, 2017

MY REVIEW OF PAINTING WITH A TWIST- TRINITY

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



Hello all,

A little paint, a little wine, and a whole lot of fun. Over this weekend I visited Painting with a Twist - Trinity. We chose to paint "Mystic Forest". At first we thought it was going to be extremely difficult because we have never painted before. But it was actually easy with the help of our instructor, Ivy. Ivy was so nice and more than willing to help anyone with additional assistance.


MY REVIEW OF PAINTING WITH A TWIST- TRINITY


But how does it work? First, you go onto their website and look at the different options for paintings available. Next, you chose the picture you look and sign up. Then you go to your designated time slot and start painting and having fun! Their fun, friendly atmosphere makes it easy to relax and really enjoy painting. There is no pressure and it's great for all skill levels. 



MY REVIEW OF PAINTING WITH A TWIST- TRINITY



When you arrive, you are seated with all of the materials you will need; a blank canvas, paint brushes, an easel, apron, and a palette with all of the colors that you will use. Up on a stage, they have a blank canvas and a painting to show you what the finished product will look like. Once Ivy began, she showed us step by step how to paint the "Mystic Forest". You can also put your own creative spin on it. Different shades, textures, thicknesses, whatever you prefer is what you can do.



MY REVIEW OF PAINTING WITH A TWIST- TRINITY



She explained to us how to get the light blue background with the colorful magenta ground with paper towels, and the blue and black trees with our "baby brush". It was all easy to follow directions. I never thought of myself as a great painter, but even I can paint a good picture with the right directions and with a great instructor as Ivy.



MY REVIEW OF PAINTING WITH A TWIST- TRINITY



In addition to their regular classes, they have offer family days, kids camps, private parties, fundraisers, and more! They allow you to bring snacks, soda, beer, wine, anything to make your experience more memorable.


MY REVIEW OF PAINTING WITH A TWIST- TRINITY



Thank you Painting With a Twist- Trinity. I will definitely be back soon!




Sunday, August 6, 2017

MY REVIEW OF THE HSI GLIDER CERAMIC FLAT IRON

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


Hello all,

I am sure I am not the only one who gets frizzy hair this time of year. I use a hair dryer, and afterwards I found the only thing I can do to tame my hair is to use a flat iron. I usually use the cheaper brands, and to be honest , after using them my hair doesn't look much better. So I was very happy when I got sent the HSI Glider Ceramic Flat iron to review!

This product is amazing. Hands down, the best flat iron I have ever used or owned. It is definitely a high quality, professional grade product. First off, my hair tends to get frizzy a lot. This product has ceramic plates that heat up in seconds, and prevent hot spots. This allows for overall even heat distribution that helps to tame your frizz, and make it shiny. And it works! Its high quality ceramic plates have 8 heat balance micro-sensors that regulate the heat.

The flat iron comes with a bottle of argan oil protection spray, a glove to protect your hand, and a thermal sleeve for storing it. Its a high quality product, I definitely recommend it, and its $79.99 through this link https://www.hsiprofessional.com/collections/straightening-flat-irons-for-hair/products/ceramic-flat-iron-straightener?variant=839318175.  I love this product!



MY REVIEW OF THE HSI GLIDER CERAMIC FLAT IRON




MY REVIEW OF THE HSI GLIDER CERAMIC FLAT IRON







Monday, July 31, 2017

MY REVIEW OF THE INNX QUILTED WATERPROOF PETS CARGO LINER



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

Hello all,

I have recently purchased a new car and have been doing my best to keep it looking clean. One thing I have really been wanting is a liner for the back. I am always hauling things like groceries and such. So when I have recently received an INNX quilted waterproof pets cargo liner for my car I was thrilled. 

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box. This liner is simply amazing. It is very thick and padded in case you needed to transport your pets to keep them extra comfy. It attaches to the back of your headrests so it stays in place. The straps are reinforced so they won't rip or tear. The liner itself is made of very durable, material. The extra large size gives you plenty of coverage even if you have a large SUV. It was plenty of coverage for my car, even if I put the back seats down! Its also perfect for tailgating! This is a high quality product at a great price!

The INNX quilted waterproof pets cargo liner is now available on amazon for $89.99. through this link http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M8NN94T.  So if you're looking for a high quality cargo liner, this is it!  #SUVCARGOLINER   #SUVCARGOCOVER  



MY REVIEW OF THE INNX QUILTED WATERPROOF PETS CARGO LINER




MY REVIEW OF THE INNX QUILTED WATERPROOF PETS CARGO LINER


Sunday, July 30, 2017

CAR BUYING MADE EASIER WITH CARS.COM

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Hello all,

Making major purchases is difficult. Especially when it comes to cars. I should know, I recently purchased a Toyota Prius, and let me tell you, it took a lot of research. I had looked on so many sites and visited car lot after car lot till I found the right car for me. It was a lengthy process, but an important one.

What if I told you I could make that process easier for you. Good news, I have the perfect car site for you! It's called cars.com. This site gives you all the information at your fingertips to make buying your next car easy! You can search cars for sale that are both new and used from dealers. You can read reviews on them and get estimates on the worth of the car. The site makes it easy to browse for the type of car you looking for.

The site also gives you valuable resources to find service centers, get estimates, and even look up important safety and recall notices. And my favorite, they even have videos and reviews. This site is definitely a must when searching for your next car. It's easy to maneuver, and has so much available information just waiting for you. So what are you waiting for? Get searching with cars.com.




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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

MY REVIEW OF THE MANOR PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING DINNER THEATRE




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


Hello all,

I have recently had the pleasure to get free tickets to see a new dinner theatre in Orlando. I love dinner theatres, so I was really looking forward to it. It is the Manor Professional Wrestling Dinner Theatre. Though I know the concept sounded a little weird at first, we were in for a real treat.


MY REVIEW OF THE MANOR PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING DINNER THEATRE


When we first arrived my husband stopped for an adult beverage on our way in. They had a band already playing up on the stage in the ring, and they actually sounded really good.  The ring was large and very professional looking, with many long tables and seats around it. Then we took our seats to  delicious salads already waiting for us, with water or coffee if desired.  The band played a few songs, then it was time for the wrestling show. Being a big fan of wrestling, my husband loved it! The Mc announced the first 2 wrestlers. They were all dressed up in their intimidating garb, while the music played menacingly. Colorful lights were flashing about.They said their back and forth insults like expected then time for the match. There was no holding back. It was non stop action with flips and tumbles, and body slams. A winner was announced, and he received the first winners medallion of the night.


MY REVIEW OF THE MANOR PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING DINNER THEATRE


After a few spectacular matches, we were given the rest of our dinner. A delicious feast of grilled chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, and green beans and carrots. To top it off, a delicious slice of cheesecake for dessert! The it was time for the rest of the matches. What a display of athleticism seeing them throwing each other around the ring. You could hear the audience getting excited as they routed for their favorites! It was really a night of fun, one we won't forget, If you love wrestling then this dinner theatre is for you!


MY REVIEW OF THE MANOR PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING DINNER THEATRE


MY REVIEW OF THE MANOR PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING DINNER THEATRE

Sunday, July 23, 2017

MY REVIEW OF THE SENSATIONAL COMEDY HYPNOTIST RICH ALEXANDER



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


Hello all,

Last night me and my husband were gifted free tickets to a comedy hypnotist in exchange for my review. I have never seen a hypnotist, so I didn't know what to expect. I figured there maybe a few people there, and the tickets were free so why not.


MY REVIEW OF THE SENSATIONAL COMEDY HYPNOTIST RICH ALEXANDER



Little did we know we were in for the time of our lives. We went to see comedy hypnotist Rich Alexander. The show was hilarious! I laughed so much I had tears in my eyes. I have always been skeptical of hypnotists, but after last night's show, I'm not anymore. His act is based on audience participation and he asks for volunteers, which there was no shortage of. He was playing to a packed house. Then he lets everyone know he will not embarrass anyone and he makes sure it's clean, not R rated, so it's fun for all audiences. 


MY REVIEW OF THE SENSATIONAL COMEDY HYPNOTIST RICH ALEXANDER



With a snap of his finger and the sound of his voice he had the volunteers doing all kinds of funny stuff. From doing ballet, to playing in a heavy metal band, to eating an ice cream that turned into a hot pepper. He had them believing they were doing these things and many more. It was so funny to see their expressions and their actions as they carried out his hypnotic suggestions. I have never laughed so hard in my life! My favorite part was when he told them they were all belly dancers. That was priceless!


MY REVIEW OF THE SENSATIONAL COMEDY HYPNOTIST RICH ALEXANDER



At the end of the show he gave them a positive hypnotic suggestion regarding how they see themselves in a positive light when they loook into a mirror. When he woke them up, he asked them all how long did they think they were up there. Most said about 20 minutes, when in reality it was 1 1/2 hours. Rich Alexander is definitely a master of his craft. I can sum his show up in one word, amazing! You can book him for your next event. Believe me, you will not be disappointed.


MY REVIEW OF THE SENSATIONAL COMEDY HYPNOTIST RICH ALEXANDER



The tickets were an affordable $15. They were given to us from the owners of where the event was held, the Trinity Meeting Center. They are two of the nicest people you could meet. They have many rooms available for renting for meetings, parties, conferences and such. They had refreshments available for donations, and the rooms are large and clean. Please keep them in mind for your next rental needs.










Thursday, July 20, 2017

AMAZING SALE GOING ON NOW FOR MY BOOK THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING FLORIDA VOLUME 1

Hello all,

I want to give a big thank you to everyone who has purchased my book The Guide to Surviving Florida Volume 1. The sales are really starting to take off. If you have every wanted to visit Florida this book will give you facts you may need. Conveyed with a sense of humour, this book takes you through some survival tips in dealing with what we encounter everyday here in Florida!

If you have been on the fence about purchasing on, now is the time to act. My book is available in several formats ebook, paperback and audiobook. I have several promotions going on right now. The first is a kindle countdown deal for my ebook. Startinging July 22nd you will be able to buy my ebook for a mere .99 That's a saving of $3.00. That price goes up every 2 days till it gets back to its original price. If you can't wait, you can buy it here The Guide to Surviving Florida Volume 1.

My second promotion is for my audiobook with is for sale through amazon, audible, and itunes. But right now through audible you can get a copy of my audiobook with a free 30 day trial membership with this link audible.com. If you're interested in my paperback version, it is available here.

I hope either version you buy you'll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Thanks again for your support, and keep reading!



THE GUIDE TO SURVIVING FLORIDA VOLUME 1

Saturday, July 15, 2017

COME AND EXPLORE OUR COUNTRY'S OLDEST CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE

Hello all,

Florida has a lot of places to see and visit and one of my favorite places is St. Augustine. It lays claim to being the oldest city in the U.S.  It is known as the Ancient City. It was founded 42 years before Jamestown. and 55 years before the Pilgrims arrived. St Augustine was founded by the Spanish explorer and admiral, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565. It still has a historic district lined with cobblestone streets that today are bustling with shops , delicious restaurants, and inns.

 It is home to the Ponce De Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park. At the park there is a small fountain they say they believe was his fountain of youth and you can purchase bottles of water from the fountain. The park has many recreated Spanish and Tucuman Indian buildings you can walk in and explore. They also have guides dressed in period costumes that will tell you tales of life back then.  When we were there they had a demonstration with an ancient canon. A very nice place to visit.

 The city is home to the  Castillo De San Marco's, which is the oldest masonry fort in North America and the only one in the continental U.S. from the 17th century still standing. It is constructed of coquina rock and took 23 years to build. It has guarded St. Augustine for 300 years and is very well preserved and open to the public. This place is huge.

The city is also home to the world's oldest Ripley's Believe It Or Not that opened in 1950. It can also boast being home to the nation's oldest wooden schoolhouse built in 1716. The school house has a small museum inside. Also there is the St. Augustine Lighthouse Tower that was built in 1874. It houses a maritime museum and is believed to be very haunted. When we were there we did notice a few strange noises and saw things like a light coming on in another room. In fact, St. Augustine is reputedly one of the most haunted places in the country. You can take one of many ghost tours, or stay at its very own haunted St. Francis Inn. . St. Augustine is also home to the Potter Wax Museum, which is the oldest museum in the U.S. and has over 160 figures. Then there is one of Florida's oldest attraction St. Augustine  Alligator Farm and Zoological Park which opened in 1893.

 This city is so rich in history. But let's not forget its beautiful beaches, it is after all Florida. Its beaches stretch for more than 20 miles. Its most popular is Vilano Beach, which offers a fishing pier, para sailing, sea do rentals, picnic shelters and outside showers. Vehicles are even permitted on this beach. There are also the Ponte Vedra Beach, Crescent Beach, Anastasia State Park Beach, and St. Augustine Beach to name a few.

There's plenty to do and whatever you choose. you'll have a lot of fun visiting St. Augustine.




COME AND EXPLORE OUR COUNTRY'S OLDEST CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE






COME AND EXPLORE OUR COUNTRY'S OLDEST CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE






COME AND EXPLORE OUR COUNTRY'S OLDEST CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE







COME AND EXPLORE OUR COUNTRY'S OLDEST CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE



Sunday, July 9, 2017

8 TOP BEST FLORIDA ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS

Hello all,

Vacation time is upon us and we are all searching for something new to do. I have compiled a list of Florida's best zoos and aquariums for you to explore on your summer break. Take a look!

1. Discovery Cove(Orlando)- At this place you can swim with the dolphins, feed tropical birds, and snorkel through a saltwater reef. This place is pricey. Admission- $269-399 depending on if you want to swim with the dolphins.  It is located at 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando. 407-513-4600.



8 TOP BEST FLORIDA ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - DISCOVERY COVE





2. Busch Gardens(Tampa)- This place is a lot of fun. Besides having many fun rides, they also have a lot of shows and animals. My favorites are Curiosity Caverns, Myombe Reserve, and Edge of Africa. Admission $89.00 and up for 3 and older. The park is located on the corner of Busch Blvd. and 40th St.   813-884-4386.




8 TOP BEST FLORIDA ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - BUSCH GARDENS






3. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium(Sarasota)- They have many close-up hands-on animal exhibits here. You can touch rays at their ray animal exhibit, and sea otters, sea turtle and manatees. They also have a shark encounter where you can prepare and feed sharks brunch with staff during a training session. There is a separate $45 fee for this. Admission- Adults (13 and older) $22.00. Kids (4-12) $16.00. It is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.  941-388-4441.




8 TOP BEST FLORIDA ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - MOTE MARINE







4. Big Cat Rescue(Tampa)- This is one of the largest sanctuaries in the world for abused or abandoned big cats. They have 80+ lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars and others. You'll need to schedule a tour for here. Admission Adults $36.00, Kids (10 and under) $19.00. It is located at 12802 Easy St.  813-920-4130.




8 TOP BEST FLORIDA ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - BIG CAT RESCUE







5. Florida Aquarium(Tampa)- They have many animal exhibits here where you can view snakes, 30 species of free flying birds, a Goliath Grouper, eels, stingrays and sea horses. For and extra fee you can go on a dolphin cruise, swim or scuba dive with their fish, or a behind the scenes tour or penguin pass. Admission- Adults $26.95,  Kids(3-11) $21.95. It is located at 701 Channelside Dr. 813-273-4000.





8 TOP BEST FLORIDA ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - FLORIDA AQUARIUM






6. Clearwater Marine Aquarium(Clearwater)- This marine life rescue center is home to Winter the Dolphin from the movies Dolphin Tale 1 and 2. Both movies were filmed here. Here you can see marine animals and sea turtle exhibits. You can feed their stingrays and sharks. You can take a boat tour of the waterways or a trolley to Winters Dolphin Tale Adventure where you can see a museum of props and sets from the movies. Admission-Adults $21.95, Kids $16.95. It is located at 249 Windward Passage. 727-441-1790.





8 TOP BEST FLORIDA ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM






7. Sarasota Jungle Gardens(Sarasota)- They have over 200 animals including parrots, macaws, primates, amphibians, tortoises, reptiles and small animals. About 95% of the animals here are rescues. They have animals here you can touch like flamingos, skunks and snakes. Admission- Adults $17.99, Kids $12.99. It is located at 3701 Bayshore Rd.  941-355-1112.





8 TOP BEST FLORIDA ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - SARASOTA JUNGLE GARDENS






8. Monkey Jungle(Miami)- Here you can view wildlife like they would be in their natural habitats. Here you can experience unique up close encounter in this 30 acre park. you can see the Java monkey troop that numbers 90 monkeys. They dive into a monkey swimming pools collecting crabs and shellfish. You can also see orangutans and gorillas and take a rain forest adventure tour. . Admission-
$29.95, Kids(3-9) $23.95. It is located at 14805 SW 216th St.  305-235-1611.





8 TOP BEST FLORIDA ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS - MONKEY JUNGLE




So go take a walk on the wild side and enjoy!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

AWESOME AUDIOBOOK CONTEST GIVEAWAY

Hello all,

I am sure by now you have all heard of my book The Guide To Surviving Florida Volume 1. It is available as an ebook and a paperback. But did you know it is also now available as an audiobook ?Yes, currently you can buy it on amazon, itunes and audible.

So in celebration of my blogs 1 year anniversary,  I am hosting a giveaway. It will run from July 6th through the 12th.  THe 5 best captions for the following photo will win a promo code for a free copy of my audiobook The Guide To Surviving Florida Volume 1 on audible.  Just fill out the following rafflecopter entry, comment  with your caption,  and add your email address. Its that easy! Be creative and good luck!!


If you want to purchase my audiobook, you can get it with a free trial from audible with this link!  free trial with audible.



AWESOME AUDIOBOOK CONTEST GIVEAWAY




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Monday, July 3, 2017

8 BEST SUMMERTIME TROPICAL DRINKS

Hello all,

Summer is here! I am sure a lot of you will spend it relaxing around the pool with family and friends trying to stay cool. What better way to do that than with a delicious tropical drink. I've  found some awesome drink recipes I wanted to share with you. Next time you're relaxing with friends and family you'll be ready to serve up some delicious refreshment.

1. Sex on the Beach- This one I found on wikihow:


    1 1/2 ounces of peach schnapps
    1 1/2 ounces of vodka
    2 ounces of cranberry juice
    2 ounces of orange juice
    2 ounces of pineapple juice
Mix ingredients together in a shaker with ice and serve.



 8 BEST SUMMERTIME TROPICAL DRINKS - SEX ON THE BEACH




2. Strawberry Margarita- I found the recipe below years ago, but you can find a similar one here from Guy Fieri:


   2 ounces of tequila
   1 ounce triple sec
   1 ounce lime juice
   1 ounce strawberry liqueur
Mix together tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and strawberry liqueur. Shake with ice and pour into a margarita glass with the rim dipped in salt. You can also blend with ice to make a frozen version.



8  BEST SUMMERTIME TROPICAL DRINKS - STRAWBERRY MARGARITA




3. Strawberry Daiquiri - this recipe is from Hawaii for Visitors:


   2 ounces white rum
   1/2 ounce of cointreau
   6 strawberries
   1 ounce of lime juice
   1/2 tsp of superfine sugar
Mix all ingredients and add ice and blend till smooth and serve.


8  BEST SUMMERTIME TROPICAL DRINKS - STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI



4. Florida Tropical Storm- This one is from Bon Appetit:


   2 cups pineapple juice
   2 cups orange juice
   1 cup white rum
   3/4 cup dark rum
   3 tbsp campari
Mix together and serve with ice. Garnish with maraschino cherries and orange wedges.




8 BEST SUMMERTIME TROPICAL DRINKS - FLORIDA TROPICAL STORM




5. Bahama Mama- This one I saw on All Recipes:


    1/2 ounce rum
    1/2 ounce coconut rum
    1/2 ounce grenadine syrup
     1 ounce orange juice
     1 ounce pineapple juice
Blend all ingredients with ice until its a slushy texture and serve.




8  BEST SUMMERTIME TROPICAL DRINKS - BAHAMA MAMA




6. Hurricane- This one is from Liquor.com:


    2 ounces dark rum
    2 ounces light rum
    2 ounces passion fruit juice
    1/2 ounce lime juice
     1 ounce orange juice
Mix all ingredients well with ice and garnish with orange wedges.



8  BEST SUMMERTIME TROPICAL DRINKS - HURRICANE




7. A Day at the Beach- This one is from  Chowhound:


    1 ounce coconut rum
    1/2 ounce amaretto
     4 ounces orange juice
     1/2 ounce grenadine
Shake ingredients well,  pour over ice and top with grenadine, a pineapple wedge and a strawberry.




8 BEST SUMMERTIME TROPICAL DRINKS - A DAY AT THE BEACH





8.  Beach Comber- this one comes from :The Rum Shop:


    1  1/2 ounce light rum
    1/2 ounce triple sec
    1/2 ounce grenadine
    1 ounce sour mix
Shake ingredients well with ice, and strain into a glass rimmed with sugar and garnish with a lime or orange slice.





8  BEST SUMMERTIME TROPICAL DRINKS - BEACHCOMBER





Enjoy the drinks and stay thirsty my friends!