Welcome to the Tampa Blog

Welcome and Bienvenidos!

Although I am not a Tampa area lifer, I enjoy taking the time to search out my surroundings and find the best that Tampa Bay has to offer! Please enjoy this site! I hope you make many returns as you search for ways to be involved in your community!

I plan on giving you ideas for rest and relaxation as well as volunteer suggestions!

Have a sun-filled day!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

Have you been to a patch yet?

Well Yes, i realize they arent real pumpkin patches, but some places are really well done!!
My family, yes all 9 of us, went out on Saturday morning!!They are all around folks!! I can think of 4 just while driving through Riverview and Brandon. The one we made it to was just past Winthrop Plaza on Bloomingdale.

Yes, we bought 9 pumpkins.

Are you going to buy any pumpkins?

Friday, October 15, 2010

I found my favorite fall item!

My husband and I had a date this morning! We saw a movie and as we left I spied this little soap shoppe!!

Its the Sugar Boutique. The Soap and Candle Bakery!!

What a little treasure it is. Nestled in Regency Plaza in Brandon, Melanie sells fabulous handmade soaps and candles. This is truly an artists nest.

I bought the Apple Caramel Crunch soap cake! Actually the sweet husband bought it for me.
It reminds me of the reason why i love the season!!


Take a glance around and GO visit!!


Melanie makes her soap from Aloe and Olive oils as well as Honey and Coconut Oil.


Check it out for your self!!

2482 West Brandon Blvd
Brandon , FL 33511


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Back to School Already?!

I am now a full - time Foster mommy and Loving it!

Since I will have one school aged child this fall I wanted to find out what I could about "Back - to School" Events!

The Annual Publix Back-to-School Bash is August 8th and 9th!

Now I went two years ago with 5 toddler boys in tow! There was snacks a plenty for them and even small play areas set aside for the littles. There was an indoor petting zoo and giveaway galore!

I would recommend it!
Get your free childrens ticket at Publix!! Adult tickets are $8

Get some FREE passes Here

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Something smart to do

It is the season for giving -is it not?
Please join me , my husband, and his co-workers this coming weekend!







13012 Bullfrog Creek Rd
Gibsonton, FL 33534

Be a light for a family in their darkest time

Please come out and help us support a local family whose daughter was the victim of rape at a local library. A brutal crime that has left a young woman with brain damage, blindness and a family with only memories of a wonderful girl with a bright future. Please help them, in this benefit, to ease their minds of a financial burden created by medical expenses.

Not much different than most teenagers, she was active in student government at East Bay High School, she loved shoes and purses, a Christian girl who was adored by all that knew her. A close friend said, “I called her Sunshine, that’s what she brought with her everywhere she went.”

Come out and watch a game of flag football with a little contact. It will be held at East Bay Little League complex right off of I-75 (exit 246) on November 22, 2008 at 11 am till evening time. There will be food provided by Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Panera Bread, Buffalo Wild Wings and many more, with all proceeds going to the family. Any donations go to the family to ease their burden of medical expenses.

Due to the victim’s age and nature of the case, her name will not be released.

(information copied from email attachment sent to area deputies)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Aldi's Fit and Active

Aldi has a Fit and Active product line which caters to low- cal low fat foods.

My husband and I are once again counting calories as a way of life.

With the $30 purchase shown above : here is a list of healthy meals we hope to enjoy.

Meal 1: Chicken Breast with Peppers -- recipe here We plan to use fresh peppers and limit the cheese. Dessert: thawed berries with Agave nectar or splenda packet for sweetening.

total : 300 calories.

Meal 2: Chicken Deli Slices on lo-cal wheat bread(40 cal per slice), 6 green olives, 9 cheese crisps and 60 calories of toppings for sandwich ( mayo, mustard, cheese, etc)

total: 300 calories

Snack or Breakfast: 110 calorie yogurt in Cherries Jubilee flavor.

Meal 3: Squash and Zucchini frittata -Use Egg whites or egg substitue-!! : idea recipe here
Side of canned Ruby red grapefruit slices (60 cal.) and chocolate cookie for dessert (60 cal).--

total: 300 or less.

I love to enjoy a bag of popcorn while watching Tv or reading at night.
We also enjoy 50 cal. string cheese to fight afternoon hungers.

can you share you favorite low calorie foods or snack items?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

OUT - About - and Around

I want to spend some time talking about Orlando here. It is so nice to have such a vacation friendly area within an hour drive!

Hotel prices are very reasonable in Orlando. Have you noticed?

This past week , my sweet deputy husband had some time off and we went to take in a small dinner show.

We visited the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner show at Wonderworks.
For a total of $38 (by using coupons found in the hotel lobby) we enjoyed a whole buncha pizza, salad, and popcorn. Neither of us are beer drinkers but there was also lotsa free beer.

The show itself was entertaining. For about 1 hour we were amused by the card tricks, simple magic, and illusions.

I think the show is perfect for youth group gatherings and the children there seemed to be fascinated.

There was plenty of audience participation and there was chocolate cake.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Squash Soup

Today I made the most delicious soup!

Rae's Sweet and Savory Squash Soup.


Why don't you give it a try. Feel free to modify to your taste buds!

Bring 1 c. chicken broth to a boil in medium saucepan.
Add 1 Tb. Onion Powder and 2Tb butter.
Place 1 package frozen sweet and smooth squash into boiling mix.
Add 1/2 cup milk. ( I used Almond Breeze because that is what I had on hand.-YUM)
As squash thaws into soup base keep whisking and add 1/3 package cream cheese and 2 more Tb butter.
A dash of cinnamon finishes out the flavor.

Serve warm topped with a dollop of sour cream and fresh ground pepper.

Calorie count will be based on your usage of items such as milk, butter, cream cheese, etc.


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

the big Bogo

Don't forget to make it to Publix today! The big BOGO event ends!

There's over 40 items at Buy ONe Get One Free.

Even flowers make it into this weeks sale!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I made a few Halloween additions to my Etsy Shoppe!!

Buy Handmade

Check it out!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Show Stoppers

Yesterday the Performing Arts Center had an Open house!
Did I go? NO. Oh I wish I had! Then I would have pictures and excitement to share with you! Regardless of the fact that I did not go I still have a bit of excitement about this years season!

You can check out the entire season here.

I am most excited about Phantom!! I also would love to see Suessical the Musical!! Ive heard it is pleasantly enjoyable!

If you are into Riverdance... the Farewell tour is coming around!