Storytelling Festival: This Weekend’s Adventure

Sometime last month, the girls prepared for the Storytelling event at their elementary school. I was unable to see them tell their stories at school, but my husband had the opportunity to see Piper perform her story: The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Zoe on the other hand, had been sick on and off, so we thought she had missed the opportunity to present her story, Zoe’s Room. Unbeknown to us, she was back to school and able to perform her story.


Storytelling Festival
Scholastic Book Fair at the John F. Germany Public Library in Downtown Tampa.

The girls received a “report card” of sorts from the event which indicated they had done a great job. I didn’t pay too much attention to it. Attached to the “report card” was an invitation to attend the Storytelling Festival in Downtown Tampa at the John F. Germany public library. It turns out, this was the first time the event was held at the Library. If you have children, and you’ve never been to the John F. Germany, I suggest you make a day trip this summer. The children library is beautiful. And not only that, but if you park at the William F. Poe garage (next to the library) there’s a skyway to get you from your car directly to the library without crossing through traffic.


Storytelling Festival
Is this thing on?

Through their school, we received some additional information later about the Storytelling Festival. The girls had done such a great job, they had been selected as Ambassadors! To our surprise, they had a photoshoot and a video recording section. Apparently their videos will be submitted to other Storytelling Contests.


Storytelling Festival
Sprinkles are for winners!

After the Storytelling Festival, we walked around Downtown Tampa and found Ashworth Chocolates. It’s a neat little handmade chocolate store with ice cream. After a much deserved ice cream break, it was time to head home. 🙂 Oh yeah, and if you ever go to Downtown Tampa, don’t forget the Curtis Hixon Park also has a great playground for kids. And the Glazer Children’s Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art are both on the other side of the library. The Tampa Museum of Art has special free activities for children on selected days.

Influenster VoxBox Review

A while back I signed up for Influenster. Influenster is a community of people who regularly review products and share their experiences on social media. So far, it has been fun to try out new things.  The best part of Influenster? You get these fun surprise mail packages for free to test and/or review! So here is my review of the first VoxBox of 2015:

Influenster VoxBox
Influenster VoxBox

Beanitos: The Original Bean Snack. Seriously delicious. No joke. These “chips” are amazing. The Nacho cheese ones really tasted like Doritos without the “guilt”. I found some recently at our local Big Lots store, so I made sure to stock up!

Cover Girl Ultra Smooth Foundation: The color I received was not a perfect match for my skin color. However, it felt like a BB cream which I loved. While the foundation felt very light, my face felt like I just put moisturizer on.

Skinnygirl: Let me first say, that this was the second time I tried one of the Skinnygirl nutrition bars. Luckily, this Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate was perfect for me. It was crunchy, not overly sweet with lots of chocolate.

L’Occitane Comforting Creme: So, I’ve always been a big fan of L’Occitane products. Just love the feeling of being “transported” into Paris every time I walk into one of their stores. Mind you, I haven’t been to Paris yet, but in my head, it feels like Paris. Now, to the review. I really enjoyed this creme. Not only does it have a heavenly light scent, it did exactly what its supposed to. This has become my favorite night creme and I’m using it sparingly until I can get to the store to buy more!

Listerine: What can I see about these. They are great when you run out of gum. I remember when they had the cinnamon flavor ones. I wonder if they still have them.

Dentek: My husband is a big fan of these and surprisingly so are my kids. They really liked the cool designs and cheerful colors. Great to have in your bag for emergencies! I don’t know about you, but getting food stuck between my teeth drives me crazy!

Orgain: I haven’t been able to find the Orgain shakes so I can try them. From what I’ve read, they seem to have great ingredients, so hopefully they taste good.

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